#ValleyFire in Lake County, California | Update 2

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, Tango and Xray via Scanner Feed.  Division 1, 2, 4 and various Branches.

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 1600 hours PDT on Sunday, September 13, 2015 the fire remains at 50,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

CALFire released this statement:

“The fire is threatening critical communications infrastructure in the Geysers area, as well as, threatening the Adalin Power Plant (Cal Pine).

This morning mandatory evacuations were added in Point Lakeview Hwy and Hwy 281, Rivera West and Clearlake Rivera. There have been an unconfirmed number of structures destroyed. 5000+ are without power. Additional resources are on order and responding to this incident. “

WEATHER 

At the time [2010PDT] of this post, the weather conditions are:

  • 75 degrees
  • Partly cloudy
  • 0% Percipitation
  • 40% Humidity
  • Winds @ 2mph

Higher temps are expected on Monday with a high of 79 degrees and to become cooler on Tuesday to 73 degrees. A 60% chance of rain with temps of 65 degrees and winds of 14mph on Wednesday.

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
  • CDC
  • National Guard
  • Napa, Sonoma, Lake County Sheriff’s Departments
  • Many local governmental fire departments

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

Mandatory evacuations:

  • Point Lakeview Hwy
  • Hwy 281
  • Rivera West and Clearlake River
  • 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
  • Berreyssa Estates
  • Butts Canyon Road to Pope Valley
  • Communities of Cobb, Seigler Canyon, Loch Lomond, Middletown and Hidden Valley Lakes, Livermore Road, Summit Lake Road and north of the community of Angwin

Advisory Evacuation:

  • Pine Flat Road 5000 and above
  • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg 6000 block and above
  • Geysers Road out of Geyserville 9400 block and above

 

SHELTERS

  • Kelseyville Presbyterian Church in Kelseyville
  • Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga
  • Highland Senior Center

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

  • More air and fire suppression resources ordered
  • Pine Flats Fire detected on Sunday, 9/13/15 around 1543 Hours PDT. 50 acre fire.
  • Fire spreading towards Mount Saint Helena.
  • Structure Protection of 3-5 threatened Calpine Power Plants
  • Evacuation of all Calpine Power Plants except the Lakeview Plant which was still operational.

STATE OF EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION THE GOVERNOR

GOVERNOR BROWN DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN LAKE AND NAPA COUNTIES

9-13-2015

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an emergency proclamation for Lake and Napa counties due to the effects of the Valley Fire, which has burned thousands of acres of land and caused the evacuation of residents and damage to highways and other infrastructure.

Today’s proclamation also incorporates provisions from an executive order issued last month to expedite the debris removal process and waive fees to replace documents such as birth certificates for those affected by the fire.

The full text of the proclamation is below:

PROCLAMATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY

WHEREAS on September 12, 2015, the Valley Fire started in Lake County and spread into Napa County, and has rapidly burned thousands of acres of land and continues to burn; and
WHEREAS this fire has destroyed multiple structures, including homes, and continues to threaten hundreds of homes, necessitating the evacuation of residents; and
WHEREAS this fire has damaged and continues to threaten critical infrastructure, and has forced the closure of major highways and local roads; and
WHEREAS a Federal Fire Management Assistance Grant has been requested and approved for the Valley Fire burning in Lake and Napa counties; and
WHEREAS on January 17, 2014, I declared a State of Emergency based on the extreme drought that has caused millions of trees to die, and increased the severity and spread of the fires throughout the State; and
WHEREAS as a result of the Valley Fire, combined with the drought conditions and other wildfires burning in the State, California’s air quality has significantly deteriorated and impacted public health; and
WHEREAS the circumstances of this fire by reason of its magnitude, are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of any single local government and require the combined forces of a mutual aid region or regions to combat; and
WHEREAS under the provisions of section 8558(b) of the California Government Code, I find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist in California due to this fire.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and in particular, section 8625 of the California Government Code, HEREBY PROCLAIM A STATE OF EMERGENCY to exist in Lake and Napa counties.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. All agencies of the state government utilize and employ state personnel, equipment, and facilities for the performance of any and all activities consistent with the direction of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the State Emergency Plan. Also, all citizens are to heed the advice of emergency officials with regard to this emergency in order to protect their safety.

2. The California National Guard shall mobilize under California Military and Veterans Code section 146 (mobilization in case of catastrophic fires) to support disaster response and relief efforts and coordinate with all relevant state agencies, including the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, and all relevant state and local emergency responders and law enforcement within the impacted areas.

3. The Orders and provisions contained in Executive Order B-33-15, dated August 27, 2015, remain in full force and effect and apply to Valley Fire in Lake and Napa counties.

I FURTHER DIRECT that as soon as hereafter possible, this proclamation be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this proclamation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 13th day of September 2015.

_____________________________
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California

ATTEST:

_____________________________
ALEX PADILLA
Secretary of State

 

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