Pawnee, Clear Lake

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  • Incident Name: Pawnee, Clear Lake
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: LNU
  • Size (acres): 15,185
  • Percent Contained: 100%
  • Estimate of Containment: July 7, 2018
  • Personnel: 417
  • Structures Destroyed: 22

Pawnee, Sonoma-Lake Napa Unit, Cal Fire. Five miles northeast of Clearlake Oaks, CA. Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.

July 8, 2018 at 7:35 PM

The fire is fully contained as of this evening.

July 6, 2018 at 7:52 PM

Cloud cover over the fire area moderated temperatures and increased relative humidity. Damage assessment has been completed with 32 structures confirmed destroyed. Suppression repair is ongoing.

July 5, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Burning conditions have continued to trend downwards, however, a warming and drying trend is expected tomorrow. Resources on the incident will continue with patrol, mop-up, and repair work throughout the day and night. Demobilization of excess resources continues.

July 4, 2018 at 9:14 AM

Fire resources are focused on perimeter control, tactical patrol, and fire suppression repair are underway.

No evacuations in effect.

July 3, 2018 at 9:47 PM

Crews are focused on mop up and patrol. The crews priority is to extinguish large diameter fuels.

July 3, 2018 at 1:23 PM

All evacuation orders for the Pawnee Fire have been lifted. Returning residents are reminded to drive carefully in the fire area, as crews are still working to extinguish the fire.

July 3, 2018 at 12:22 PM

Residents of the Double Eagle Ranch area in Lake County may return home today effective at 12 PM.

July 3, 2018 at 7:13 AM

Fire behavior has diminished due to weather conditions allowing direct line construction and crews hope to take advantage of the decreased temperatures and higher humidity. A threat remains and the community of Double Eagle remains under a Mandatory Evacuation.

July 2, 2018 at 7:28 PM

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for Double Eagle Ranch and areas north of Hwy 20. Hwy 20 is now open in both directions.

July 2, 2018 at 7:16 AM

An upper trough will begin to move over the region today for the start of a cooling trend along with higher humidity through midweek. Relative humidity will fall to around 20 percent in the afternoon with moderate overnight recovery. Afternoon and evening westerly breezes will transition to north northeasterly overnight. Temperatures will trend warmer late in the week into next weekend as high pressure builds over the region again.

As weather patterns begin to transition back into fairly normal levels; the previous days of elevated fire danger weather have resulted in the larger fuels losing moisture. This area has a history of heat sources lying dormant for multiple operational periods only to re-kindle causing a major redeployment of resource. Crews need to be cautious and watch for post fire environment hazards. Burn Index is at max recorded levels in Lake County for this time of year.

July 1, 2018 at 8:05 PM

An immediate threat exists to the community of Double Eagle and major fiber optic lines serving Ukiah and Cortina as well as associated powerline infrastructure. Mandatory evacuations are currently in progress for the community of Double Eagle and areas North of Highway 20. An evacuation advisory has been issued for areas South of Highway 20. Highway 20 is closed at Highway 16 and 53. An evacuation center has been established at the Lower Lake High School.

July 1, 2018 at 3:48 PM

The American Red Cross Shelter at Lower Lake High School has closed. The Shelter was opened yesterday to support evacuees from the Double Eagle Subdivision affected by the mandatory evacuation order issued on Saturday. No residents registered or stayed in the shelter overnight. If any residents need assistance during this evacuation, they should contact the American Red Cross at 707-577-7600.

July 1, 2018 at 9:04 AM

RED FLAG weather is driving this fire. Yesterday has shown that the fuels are ready to burn. The fire was active in the brush fuels making aggressive runs once in alignment with topography and winds. Long range spotting has been reported close to a mile. The hot dry winds have drove the 100hr fuels into the 5th percentile. The ignition component which represents a fire brand growing into a fire requiring suppression efforts have reached the 95th percentile. The fuel bed is drying out after an above average growing season in 2017 which only serves to build up the amount tons per acre of fuel for new fire development.

July 1, 2018 at 8:32 AM

An immediate threat exists to the community of Double Eagle and major fiber optic lines serving Ukiah and Cortina as well as associated powerline infrastructure. Evacuations are currently in progress for the community of Double Eagle. There is an evacuation advisory for the areas South of Highway 20.

June 30, 2018 at 8:27 PM

Due to Red Flag fire conditions, fire activity has increased. The Red Flag Warning issued for the fire area will last through the weekend. An Mandatory Evacuation has been ordered for the Double Eagle subdivision area.

MANDATORY EVACUATION: The Double Eagle subdivision.
EVACUATION ADVISORY: The area between Highway 20 and Morgan Valley Road and from Sky High Ridge Road and the County Line.
Mule Skinner Road from Highway 20
Walker Ridge Road from Highway 20
An Evacuation Advisory is in effect for South of Highway 20 to Morgan Valley Road, and east from Sky High Ridge Road to the County Line.

June 30, 2018 at 7:25 PM

Update: Highway 20 in Colusa County is now closed between the Highway 16 junction and E Street in Williams due to wildfire in Lake County. No ETO

June 30, 2018 at 5:55 PM

Caltrans: Highway 20 is closed between the Highway 16 junction in Colusa County and Walker Ridge Road in Lake County due to wildfire. No ETO

June 30, 2018 at 5:12 PM

Lake County Sheriff: This is an advisory evacuation notice for residents South of Highway 20 between Morgan Valley Road and State Highway 16. The Pawnee Fire may expand beyond containment and continue to move South with current weather conditions.

June 30, 2018 at 4:38 PM

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has ordered a MANDATORY EVACUATION for the Double Eagle Subdivision area due to a flare-up in the Pawnee Fire. This notice affects all residents and businesses in areas near the Double Eagle Subdivision. An evacuation center is being set up at the Lower Lake High School.

June 30, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Immediate life/safety threat for Double Eagle. Mandatory evacuations in progress.

June 30, 2018 at 3:57 PM

Spot fire is approximately 100 acres, pushing towards Double Eagle. Requesting all available helicopters, four additional tankers. Evacuations ordered.

June 30, 2018 at 8:12 AM

Minimal fire behavior observed over night. Crews being flown into remote regions of fire to construct direct and indirect hand line. Road closure remains in effect for Walker Ridge Rd.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the fire area and will last through the weekend.

June 29, 2018 at 8:19 PM

Effective at 8 pm tonight, residents in the Walker Ridge area may return home. Walker Ridge Road remains closed to the public at Highway 20 under a BLM order.

June 29, 2018 at 7:45 AM

Crews are being flown into remote regions of the fire to strengthen containment lines. Responders will continue to assist people returning home to the Communities of Spring Valley and Double Eagle Ranch. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for this weekend which has the potential to increase fire activity.

June 28, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Firefighters continue to construct and reinforce control lines in anticipation of a Red Flag Warning through the weekend. Suppression repair has begun in an effort to restore the landscape to as near a prefire condition as possible.

June 28, 2018 at 9:02 AM

The mandatory evacuation order and road closures related to the Pawnee Fire for the Double Eagle Ranch community are to be lifted immediately. Be aware of fire department, utility company and media traffic. When operating your vehicle in the damaged area please stay focused and avoid distractions as emergency personnel continue to operate in the area.

Once a wildfire has burned through an area, many dangers may remain. If you observe any hazardous conditions stay away and report condition to a local fire or law enforcement official in the area or call 911.

Evacuation orders are still in place for the Walker Ridge and Indian Valley Reservoir area. Walker Ridge Road remains closed at Hwy. 20.

June 28, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Firefighters continue to construct and reinforce control lines in anticipation of warmer, drier conditions and strong winds forcasted throughout the weekend. Experts are developing a plan to repair damage to natural resources caused by fire suppression activities.

June 28, 2018 at 6:57 AM

Weather Discussion: Little change in conditions is expected again today, but overnight winds are forecast to increase from the north as a significant pattern change begins to develop. High pressure will build in from the Pacific Friday and bring hotter and drier conditions along with strong northerly wind gusts through the weekend. A Fire Weather Watch remains in effect for the fire area Friday morning through Sunday evening. A cooling trend with lighter winds and higher humidity is expected early next week.

The strongest winds of the day are forecasted to occur after midnight as a new weather pattern develops

June 27, 2018 at 7:54 PM

Firefighters are taking advantage of favorable weather conditions to build direct control lines, however, heat and heavy fuels continue to be a challenge. The evacuation advisory warning issued for east of Walker Ridge area, Wilbur Springs, Bear Valley, and Brim Road has been lifted. Residents of Spring Valley were allowed to return to their property today. Experts are developing a plan to repair damage to natural resources caused by fire suppression activities.

June 27, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Local Assistance Center to Open Thursday in Spring Valley

The Pawnee Fire has taken a toll, and created a great many needs in our community. In response, the Lake County Department of Social Services is working with local non-profit agencies, County and State organizations to provide a one-stop Local Assistance Center (LAC) for those impacted by the Pawnee Fire.

The LAC will be open from 9:00am-7:00pm, Thursday and Friday, June 28th & 29th, and 10:00am – 3:00pm Saturday June 30th at the Spring Valley Community Center, located at 3000 Wolf Creek Road in Spring Valley.

A wide-ranging array of services and expertise will be available. Some of the organizations that will be present include: American Red Cross, North Coast Opportunities, United Methodist Church, Lake County Animal Control, Behavioral Health, Social Security Administration, Social Services, Habitat for Humanity, and Hope Animal Response to name a few.

If you need food, assistance accessing medical care, come to the LAC. If you have concerns about your animals, debris removal or even insurance matters, there will be people on site at the LAC to help. If you need replacement copies of vital records, or a new driver’s license, come to the LAC. All of these organizations will be there to help make profoundly complicated situations a little bit easier, and offer some of the first building blocks of successful long-term recovery.

For more information, contact the Department of Social Services, (707) 995-3260

June 27, 2018 at 11:43 AM

SOME PAWNEE FIRE EVACUEES MAY RETURN HOME SOON
WHEN: Effective 10:00 a.m today.
WHERE: Areas east of Walker Ridge, North of Highway 20 accessed by Bear Valley Road, Bear Valley and Brim Road, and Leesville and Bear Valley Road.
WHAT: Colusa County Sheriff has authorized the removal of the road blocks located at Highway 20 and Bear Valley Road, Bear Valley and Brim Road, and Leesville and Bear Valley Road as of 10:00 AM today. Identification will be required for residents returning to the affected area.

NOTES: Fire personnel are still active in the area. Please reduce speeds and drive with caution. Access will be limited to residents only, no other public access will be granted at this time.

The cancellation of additional evacuation orders is being evaluated based on a variety of factors, including potential fire behavior, and the reestablishment of crucial infrastructure. For additional re-population information, Lake County residents should contact the Pawnee Information Line at (707) 967-4207.

For additional information on returning home after a wildfire, go to:
http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/downloads/fact_sheets/PGE_ReturningHomeAfterAfterAFire_print.pdf

June 27, 2018 at 6:42 AM

Today’s box:

Control Objectives

– Keep the fire North of Highway 20
– Keep the fire East of High Valley Road
– Keep the fire South of Bartlett Springs Road
– Keep the fire West of Bear Valley Road

A trough of low pressure will move over the Pacific Northwest Wednesday through Thursday, bringing slightly lower temperatures to the fire area with little change in humidity. Winds are expected to be similar to Tuesday with northeast in the morning becoming variable across the fire area in the afternoon then mainly westerly into the evening. Little changes are expected on Thursday then a significant change is forecast Friday through the weekend as high pressure builds into the region for hotter and drier conditions along with strong northerly winds gusting to 30-35 mph. A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for the fire area from Friday morning through Sunday evening.

The fire activity diminished slightly the previous operational period but the fire is established in remote areas within heavy fuels. Expect moderate fire activity if the wind remains under 10 mph. If winds exceed 10 mph expect fire behavior to become dangerous and areas where wind aligns with slope, rates of spread could double predicted rates.

June 26, 2018 at 9:17 PM

The fire burned very actively throughout the day in the Spring Valley area, north east of Clearlake Oaks in Lake County. The fire is being driven by low relative humidity, erratic winds, and above normal temperatures. Expanded evacuation orders are in effect for the entire Spring Valley area and residents are reminded to heed all evacuation orders. Additional resources are en route to the incident.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for the entire Spring Valley community which includes all roads accessed off of Old Long Valley Road and New Long Valley Road north of Highway 20. Areas also include Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough Rd, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod, and Moccasin.

An evacuation advisory warning has been issued for east of Walker Ridge area, Wilbur Springs area, Bear Valley, and Brim Road.

June 26, 2018 at 3:38 PM

Road closure updates:

LAKE COUNTY:
-State Route 20 at Old Long Valley Rd
at New Long Valley Rd.
at Walker Ridge
at Mule Skinner Rd.

COLUSA COUNTY:
-State Route 20 at Bear Valley Rd.
-Bear Valley Rd. at Brim Rd.
-Leesville Lodge Rd. At Brim Rd.

COLUSA COUNTY EVACUATION ADVISORY WARNING FOR:
-East of Walker Ridge Area
-Wilbur Springs Area
-Bear Valley
-Brim Road

WHAT: The Colusa County Sheriff Office has issued an Evacuation Advisory Warning for the areas listed above. The Pawnee fire is expected to continue to burn, and further updates may be forthcoming. Residents are urged to be ready to evacuate at any moment. For more information, and to find a checklist on how to prepare, visit www.readyforwildfire.org

June 26, 2018 at 7:02 AM

The fire remained active throughout the night. There is a threat to critical infrastructure, including the Indian Valley Reservoir hydroelectric power plant and 115kV powerlines. Threat to the communities of Spring Valley,Clear Lake Oaks and Double Eagle. Twelve residence and 10 outbuilding destroyed. Incident is being managed under unified command.

June 26, 2018 at 6:02 AM

Today’s Control Objectives:

– Keep the fire North of Highway 20
– Keep the fire East of High Valley Road
– Keep the fire South of Bartlett Springs Road
– Keep the fire West of Bear Valley Road

Live fuel moistures for the area are trending close to seasonal averages but fire activity is burning more characteristic of late summer conditions.

June 25, 2018 at 7:03 PM

Photo courtesy USFS Mendocino

Strong winds and dry fuels have resulted in extreme fire behavior. There is a threat to critical infrastructure, including the Indian Valley Reservoir hydroelectric power plant.There is an immediate threat to the communities of Spring Valley,Clear Lake Oaks and Double Eagle. Multiple structures have been confirmed destroyed. Incident is being managed under unified command.

The fire burned very actively throughout the day in the Spring Valley area, north east of Clearlake Oaks in Lake County. The fire is being driven by low relative humidity, erratic winds, and above normal temperatures. Overnight humidity is expected to be above 60%, which will aid firefighters. Expanded evacuation orders are in effect for the entire Spring Valley area and residents are reminded to heed all evacuation orders. Additional resources are enroute to the incident.

June 25, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Community meeting tonight at 6:00 pm at the Loyal Order of the Moose, 15900 East Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks.

June 25, 2018 at 4:11 PM

Walker Ridge is being impacted by the fire.

June 25, 2018 at 3:36 PM

Alert: Mandatory Evacuation for Double Eagle A

All residents of the Double Eagle Ranch area are strongly advised to evacuate immediately. There is currently significant fire activity threatening the area. A shelter has been established at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street in Lower Lake. The shelter will accept large and companion animals.

June 25, 2018 at 10:45 AM

Strong winds and dry fuels have resulted in extreme fire behavior. There is a threat to critical infrastructure, and residences of Indian Valley Reservoir. The communities of Spring Valley and Clear Lake Oaks also remain threatened. Multiple structures have been confirmed destroyed. Incident is being managed under unified command.

June 25, 2018 at 5:49 AM

Control Objectives
– Keep the fire North of Highway 20
– Keep the fire East of High Valley Road
– Keep the fire South of Bartlett Spring Road
– Keep the fire West of Bear Valley Reservoir

Slightly cooler and less dry weather conditions are expected Monday and Tuesday compared to this past weekend. Winds will generally be light with northerly winds overnight becoming southwest in the afternoon.

The fire is predicted to continue to move to the North and East in a mix of brush, grass and conifer jackpots.

June 24, 2018 at 10:04 PM

Strong winds and dry fuels have resulted in extreme fire behavior. There is a threat to critical infrastructure, residence and the Indian Valley Reservoir. Evacuation orders for the community of Spring Valley.

The fire burned very actively throughout the day in the Spring Valley area, northeast of Clearlake Oaks in Lake County. The fire is being driven by low relative humidity, erratic winds, and above normal temperatures. Expanded evacuation orders are in effect for the entire Spring Valley area and residents are reminded to heed all evacuation orders. Additional resources are en route to the incident.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for the entire Spring Valley community which includes all roads accessed off of Old Long Valley Road and New Long Valley Road, north of Highway 20. Also, includes Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough Rd, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod, and Moccasin. For the latest evacation information visit the Lake County Sherirff Office’s website: http://www.lakesheriff.com/

Evacuation center: Lower Lake High School 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake, CA

Animal staging is located at Social Service Center, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, Lower Lake, CA. For additional animal needs, call animal control at (707) 263-0278.

June 24, 2018 at 4:53 PM

Per Lake County CA Sheriff’s Department: CalFire has requested that all remaining residents in the Spring Valley area reduce their water usage immediately in order to conserve water for fire-fighting purposes.

June 24, 2018 at 4:30 PM

New CAL FIRE size-up puts the fire at 3,000 acres.

June 24, 2018 at 4:06 PM

A spot is established across Cache Creek, approximately 1/4 acre. Helicopters are working it.

June 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The mandatory evacuation notice for Spring Valley is being expanded to include all areas north of Highway 20 and east of Old Long Valley Rd to Round Ball Rd, including Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough Rd, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod, and Moccasin. When evacuating remember pets, personal computers, prescriptions, photos, paperwork and phones (mobile). If time allows, be sure to close all doors and windows. A shelter has been established at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street. This is a MANDATORY EVACUATION notice form the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

June 24, 2018 at 3:43 PM

“I think we’ll be really lucky to keep it out of Cache Creek,” Pawnee Air Attack. Multiple spots behind the store, immediate structure threat, no divert on all tankers.

June 24, 2018 at 3:26 PM

Immediate structure threat along New Long Valley Road. Requesting strike teams, any type.

June 24, 2018 at 3:23 PM

Multiple spot fires keep popping up. The fire is approximately 1/4 mile from the dam.

June 24, 2018 at 2:36 PM

Air Attack estimates the fire could reach the Double Eagle Ranch area by nightfall.

June 24, 2018 at 2:31 PM

Imminent life threat to Spring Valley. No divert on the 4 tankers working the fire. The fire is making a huge run. Additional dozer strike teams requested. Hydroelectric facilities at the dam might get impacted.

June 24, 2018 at 12:23 PM

June 24, 2018 at 11:44 AM

100-acre spot fire between New Long Valley Road and Old Long Valley Road.

June 24, 2018 at 10:09 AM

LCSO starting evacuations door-to-door of Old Long Valley Road and Round Mountain.

June 24, 2018 at 7:45 AM

There is a continued threat to 230kV powerlines as well as critical fiber optic infastructure. A CALFIRE Incident Management Team has been ordered. Multiple structures have been destroyed.

Mandatory evacuation orders are in effect for the entire Spring Valley community which includes all roads accessed off of Old Long Valley Road and New Long Valley Road, north of Highway 20.

New Long Valley Road is closed at Highway 20, Old Long Valley Road is closed at Highway 20.

600 structures are threatened.

The fire burned actively throughout the night in the Spring Valley area, north east of Clearlake Oaks in Lake County. The fire is being driven by low relative humidity, erratic winds, and above normal temperatures. Evacuation orders are in effect for the entire Spring Valley area and residents are reminded to heed all evacuation orders. Additional resources are enroute to the incident. The area continues to be under Red Flag Warning conditions

June 24, 2018 at 12:56 AM

This is a MANDATORY EVACUATION notice to the residents of Spring Valley. The Pawnee Fire is actively burning, and may close exit routes. Leave immediately! A shelter has been established at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street. This is a MANDATORY EVACUATION notice form the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

June 23, 2018 at 9:07 PM

Per Lake County News, the fire is estimated at 400 acres.

June 23, 2018 at 8:07 PM

A shelter is in the process of being established for evacuees from Spring Valley at Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street. Drive carefully and watch for emergency vehicles. Continued structure threat and mandatory evacuations. One structure destroyed.

June 23, 2018 at 6:51 PM

Mandatory evacuations for the Spring Valley subdivision.

June 23, 2018 at 6:46 PM

The fire is burning in grass and oak woodlands at a dangerous rate of spread with structures threatened.