Monday, May 29, 2023

[Updates]Fire Explodes in Size Threatening Homes in Clearlake

The Wilkinson Incident as seen from the Mt. Konocti AlertFire Camera

Scanner traffic over the last half hour has a dramatic scene unfolding in Clearlake near the intersection of Wilkinson Avenue and Dam Road where a vehicle fire has progressed into vegetation that has grown in size to 7-8 acres and moving towards neighborhoods.

The Wilkinson Incident [Picture provided by Theo Vincent Corcoran]

The incident commander reported that structures and vehicles are threatened and high tension power lines are immediately threatened. He stated the Clearlake Police Department will leading evacuation efforts.

The Incident Commander has called for evacuations of Damn Road to Eighth Avenue.

Scanner traffic indicates over the last half hour at least one structure has been involved with possible entrapment, a woman was heard screaming in the area of the fire, and the fire has been described as growing at a rapid rate.

UPDATE 6:16 p.m.: Scanner traffic indicates that evacuations have been extended to any neighborhood south of 18th Avenue in Clearlake. Multiple power lines are down and ammunition can be heard exploding amongst the flames.

The last hour as the fire grew in size as seen from the Mt. Konocti AlertWildfire Camera

UPDATE 7:14 p.m.: A Facebook Live video posted by Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin described the fire as “tamed down” and 8th and 18th up to the Avenues are being evacuated. Sheriff Martin also said PG&E had to deengergize the lines causing significant power outages throughout southern Lake County. He suggested the electricity would be out for “several hours.”

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  1. Thanks for your reporting Matt, it is WILKINSON road and Mount KONOCTI. We appreciate that, from Lake County

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