#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Valley Fire started on Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours from an unknown cause that is under investigation.  It is located off High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Cobb, [in Southern Lake County] California.

This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.

COMMAND

The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit

We have heard Command use Branches 1, 2, 4. Divisions Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, E, Golf, Hotel, Queen, Mike, November and Xray via Scanner Feed.  Division 1, 2, 4 and various Branches. Listening to scanner feed, it is getting more complex due to the many spot fires and resources moving to cover the vastly large areas.

Operations spoke of Branch 2 covering Branches 1 & 2 tonight as Branch 1 was 12-hour shifted.  Others such as E221 [was short shifted] and 1Charlie were to be taken off the line this evening and sent back.

FIRE STATUS

As of 1530 hours PDT on Sunday, September 13, 2015 the fire has scorched 50,000 acres and is spotting on all sides.  Fire Managers over live fire feed had been discussing the fire being approximately 1-2 miles from Mount Saint Helena.

CALFire’s Incident Page states the following:

“The Valley Incident has grown to 40,000 acres, 0% containment. The fire is burning in a Southeast direction from the Community of Cobb towards the communities of Middletown and Hidden Valley Lake. The fire is also burning Northeast from the Community of Cobb near the Community of Loch Lomond to Seiglar Canyon Road.

There have been an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed. There are over 5000 residence without power. During initial attack four members of Copter 104’s crew suffered burn injuries and were transported to an area burn center. Additional resources are on order and responding to this incident. See below for Mandatory Evacuations and Road Closures.”

RESOURCES

Personnel

Over 1,000 Fire personnel are attached to this fire incident now being deemed as a Major disaster event.

Incident Cooperators are:

  • CALFIRE
  • South Lake County Fire Protection District
  • CHP
  • Lake County Sheriffs Department

Equipment

Here are the many fire suppression tools crews are using in an attempt to stop the fire.

  • 125 Fire Engines
  • 30 Fire Crews
  • 4 Airtankers
  • 16 Dozers
  • 15 Water Tenders

EVACUATIONS

New Mandatory Evacuation: Point Lakeview to Soda Bay (Hwy 281).

Mandatory Evacuations

  • Hwy 29 (Kelseyville) at Hwy 175 south on Hwy 175 towards Cobb
  • Red Hills Road to Hwy 29
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 south to Seigler Canyon Road (south side of Hwy 29)
  • Hwy 29 Tubbs Lane (Calistoga, Napa County) to Hwy 29/Hwy 53 (Lower Lake, Lake County)
  • Butts Canyon Road to Napa County Line, including Berreyssa Estates, Butts Canyon Road to Pope Valley.
  • Communities of Cobb, Seigler Canyon, Loch Lomond, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lakes.

Advisory Evacuations

  • Livermore Road
  • Summit Lake Road
  • North of the community of Angwin

SHELTERS

  • Kelseyville Presbyterian Church in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Hwy 29 X Bottle Rock
  • Hwy 29 X Hwy 175 (Kelseyville)
  • Hwy 29 X Red Hills Road
  • Hwy 29 X Seiglar Canyon Road
  • Hwy 29 from Hwy2

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • Request from Division Tango for large animal rescue of 2 horses.
  • Major evacuations
  • Unconfirmed reports of communities being completely wiped out
  • 3 Calpine Power Plants threatened & Strike team sent in to do structure protection
  • All Calpine employees were evacuated except for the Lakeview Power Plant which was still in operation.
  • 4 injuries
  • 2 apparatus with mechanical issues, 1 with an air leak and a second one with an unknown mechanical issue [was out of service at Jellystone Park]
  • New spot fire near Pine Flats burning towards and into The Geysers, approximately 50 acres

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