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Published on : Tuesday, August 16, 2016
More than 4000 people have been forced to flee their homes as a fire rages across Northern California. The residents and the tourists in Lower Lake and Clearlake have been advised by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) to avoid the area. The area sits around 130 miles north of San Francisco.
Crossing Morgan Valley Road and Cache Creek, the fire is burning aggressively towards the north and might impact the communities of Lower Lake and Clearlake, as reported by Cal Fire department. The blaze, known as the Clayton Fire, has scorched 3,000 acres so far, the Clayton Fire Department said, with 5% of it contained.
Cal Fire reported that a thousand homes are threatened by the blaze and more than 100 structures have been damaged and 10 destroyed.
More than 800 fire fighters have been deployed to bring the situation under control however, the extremely dry conditions were adding to the complications of the efforts.
The ferocious spread of the Clayton fire offers fresh evidence of how five years of unrelenting drought in California leave the state particularly vulnerable to destructive wildfires this year. Wildfires this year have already burned more than 360 square miles and destroyed more than 400 homes and other structures.
The topography and the weather condition is a matter of concern for the fire fighters. The area already suffered huge blazes last year when the Valley, Jerusalem and Rocky Fires broke out, taking several lives and destroying thousands of homes.
the fire threatened Clearlake, a community of more than 15,000 people north of Lower Lake, resulting in the evacuation of 16 patients from a hospital. The patients were moved to a hospital in Lakeport, Calif., located northwest of Clearlake.
Several large wildfires are currently burning in California. In Monterey County, an aggressive fire near Big Sur has burned more than 73,000 acres since late last month. The fire has destroyed 68 structures, including 57 homes, and a bulldozer operator died while battling the flames in late July.