Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Two Fires Flare-Up South of Clearlake—Possible Arson

Bank Fire has two separate starts. The one on the right is two acres as of 5:30 p.m. [Picture from the Alert Wildfire Camera]

Multiple resources are pouring into two suspected arson fires growing south of Clear Lake near Borax Lake. The two were first reported about 5:25 p.m. One fire is approximately one acre and the other is approximately two acres, according to emergency personnel with their eyes on the fire.

The fires are reported to be spreading slowly. However, they are in areas that are difficult to access which will make fighting the incident difficult.

“At this time there is no threat to structures on the southernmost fire,” reported the first emergency personnel on scene.

“We’ll be closing the road at North Drive,” the Incident Commander told dispatch.

According to scanner traffic, emergency personnel suspect arson in the start of these two fires.

Multiple aircraft are circling the two fires. [Screenshot from FlightRadar]

Caltrans Dist 1 on the Hill Fire “One of the southbound lanes on State Route 29 at (PM 48.3) north of Clear Lake, Lake County, is closed due to a vegetation fire. Please drive with caution through the area. For the latest roadway information, please use QuickMap.dot.ca.gov. #lakecounty #SR29”

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.


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