A full wildland fire force including ground and air assets has been deployed to Clearlake in Lake County after a structure fire has spread into nearby vegetation.
The specifics of the evacuation orders/warnings can be seen at this website.
There are reports that three to four structures have been burned and law enforcement is working to clear nearby residences.
Spot fires across Highway 53 have been mitigated and the fire was described as growing at a slow rate of spread.
UPDATE 4:38 p.m.: The Clearlake Police Department issued the following Nixle Alert:
Immediate evacuation for all residences in the area of Crawford Ave and Tana Ave. Structure fire - Please avoid the area of Crawford Av near Tana Ave. Instructions: Immediate evacuation for all residences in area of Crawford Ave and Tana Ave. Structure fire - Please avoid area of Crawford Av near Tana Av
UPDATE 4:47 p.m.: As the fire grows, the mandatory evacuations are growing.
There are multiple reports of firefighters working to defend structures and law enforcement working quickly to assist in evacuating residents. There are some reports of residents not complying with the mandatory evacuations.
UPDATE 5:33 p.m.: The following information was posted by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office:
UPDATE 5:37 p.m.: The following information was published by Caltrans:
TRAFFIC ALERT: State Route 53 in Lake County is fully closed from 18th Ave. to 40th Ave. in Clearlake (PM1.9-2.9) due to a wildland fire. There is currently no estimated time of reopening. Please check https://quickmap.dot.ca.gov or the Quickmap app for the latest road conditions.
UPDATE 6:07 p.m.: Multiple reports indicate that several areas of the fire are in the mop-up stage. Air resources and engines are being released.
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.