On Saturday, September 12, 2015 around 1324 hours the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received the first report of a fire [now named the Valley Fire] in the area of Cobb Mountain. The fire is located off of High Valley Road and Bottle Rock Road in Southern Lake County, California.
This incident is being reported as a Disaster Event from many sources and being treated as such.
The Administrative Unit handling this fire incident is CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
The fire has burned 73,700 acres and is threatening 7,473 structures. Approximately, 585 homes have been destroyed along with a confirmation of hundreds of “other” structures receiving the same fate.
A containment of 35% has been reached.
There are now 3,921 Fire Personnel assigned to this fire incident from a previous level of 2,362..
Equipment & Resources
Increased to 441 from Tuesday, when they had 258 Engines.
Increased to 84 on Thursday from Tuesday’s levels of only 54.
2 have been added.
Increased to 18 from 8 assigned on Tuesday.
Dozers have more than tripled in size from Tuesday’s count of 31 to 72 on Thursday.
Increased to only 3 more Water Tender to 70 on Thursday from Tuesday’s 67.
- Lake County
- Sonoma County
- Napa County
- California Office of Emergency Services
- California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
- CAL TRANS
- California State Parks
- Bureau of Land Management
- CAL FIRE
- Red Cross
Mandatory Evacuations – Lake County
- Butts Canyon Road to Napa County line
- Seigler Canyon
- Loch Lomond
- Hidden Valley Lake
- All residences on Bottle Rock Road
- From Harrington Flat Road
- All residences on SR 175 (Cobb)
- All residences on Sr 29 at SR 53 south to SR 29 at Tubbs Lane
Mandatory Evacuations – Napa County
- Butts Canyon Rd west of Snell Valley Rd
- Aetna Springs Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd
- James Creek Rd west of Butts Canyon Rd
Advisory Evacuations – Napa County
- Pope Valley north of Ink Grade Rd
- Kelseyville High School @ 5480 Main Street in Kelseyville
- Napa County Fair Grounds @ 1435 N Oak Street in Calistoga
- Highland Senior Center @ 3245 Bowers Center in Clearlake
- Big Valley Rancheria Gym @1002 Osprey Court in Kelseyville
- SR 175 at Red Hill Rd (SR 281)
- SR 29 at Red Hill Rd
- SR 29 at Diener Dr
- SR 29 at Siegler Canyon
- SR 29 at SR 53 closed for southbound traffic
- Bottle Rock Rd south of SR 29
- SR 175 at Dry Creek cut-off
- Aetna Springs Rd at Pope Springs Rd
- SR 29 at Tubbs Lane
- James Creek Rd at Butts Canyon Rd
- Butts Canyon Rd, Snell Valley Rd
Sonoma County [Local Residents Only]
- Ida Clayton Rd At SR 128
- Pine Flat Rd ascending addresses from the 11000 block
- 4 Firefighters with burns
- 1 Citizen Fatality
- 585 homes destroyed
- Hundreds of “other” structures destroyed
- 9,000 structures currently being threatened
Small Animals Donations
Being accepted at Wasson Memorial Vet Clinic, 3083 Hwy 175, Lakeport, 707.263.5380. [9/15/15]
Large Animal Donations
Being accepted at Main Street Veterinary Clinic, 2530 S. Main Street, Lakeport, 707.263.6232.
Call 1-800-Red-Cross and say “California Wildfires.” OR Text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Volunteers in Stockton are taking donations for fire victims in Lake, Amador and Calaveras counties at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. [http://www.capradio.org/articles/2015/09/15/donations-for-fire-victims-collected-at-stockton-fairgrounds/]
Supporting Burn Centers
UC Davis Health System/Burn Unit
Firefighters Burn Institute
Lake County’s State Senator Mike McGuire has launched a donation drive to help those affected by Valley Fire.
A check may be dropped off to the Lake County Fire Victim Donation Drive Up between 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Rattigan State Building, 50 D Street in Santa Rosa. Contact: Karlene Rebich Karlene.Rebich@sen.ca.gov or (707) 576-2771
The Redwood Credit Union is also collecting funds. Checks can be made payable to Redwood Credit Union and sent to RCU Lake County Fire Relief, c/o Redwood Credit Union, P.O. Box 6104, Santa Rosa, CA 95406.
We Offer our sincere apologies, thoughts and prayers that you all are going through this. We don’t know why this is happening to you but be reassured we are here for you. If you are a First Responder and feel overwhelmed, there is 24 hour/365 day support through many organizations.
We recommend @safecallnow.org. They are a national non-profit organization and understand your pain and what you have seen. We ask that you seek help, if not for yourself but for your fellow First Responder[s]. Together, we are one big Family that looks out for each other, night or day, 24/7 365 days a year.
For those who are non-responders and may need to talk to someone, reach out to those at the Shelters, churches, to your friends or to a Professional. We can reassure you, that many care about you and your family and this is something that is affecting those directly and indirectly. We want to let you know we are here to support you and provide you with any resources or pointing in the right direction to seek assistance.
You all mean a lot to us and we again are so sorry for what you are going through.
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