About 4:15 p.m., a fire broke out in Lake County at the north end of Clear Lake west of Nice along Hwy 29 near Hill Road. The Hill Fire as it is now being called is about four acres and spreading westward at a moderate rate of speed.
No structures are currently threatened.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Department has requested that Hwy 29 be closed because of the incident. Traffic is moving slowly in the area.
UPDATE 4:41 p.m.: The Incident Commander reported the fire is about 5 to 7 acres but moving at a slow rate of spread.
UPDATE 4:45 p.m.: The smoke is beginning to dissipate. “The forward spread has been stopped,” the Incident Commander tells dispatch. He cancels a number of resources that were responding to the scene.
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