Lake County officials urge evacuees to reach out after Cache Fire in mobile homes
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) – City officials want residents of two mobile home parks in Clearlake to call them after a wildfire that started nearby has burnt down dozens of homes.
The Lake County Fire Protection District said the Cache fire, which started in south Clearlake on 6th Avenue and Cache Street, burned 83 acres and was nearly 40% contained on Thursday. .
Officials say Lake County fire crews were on their way to the scene of a furnace fire when they first noticed smoke coming from the southeast section of the Clearlake area.
Mandatory evacuations are still in place for parts of southern Clearlake and northern Lower Lake.
Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin posted on Facebook Wednesday afternoon about the evacuation of elementary and high schools in the town of Lower Lake. The students were evacuated shortly after 2 p.m.
An evacuation shelter has been installed at the Twin Pine Casino & Hotel in Middletown.
The sheriff also said dozens of homes were destroyed and at least one civilian was injured.
“Due to the devastating nature of this type of incident, we will not comment here on the number of structures lost until we can provide a definitive answer,” the Lake County Fire Protection District wrote Thursday.
Aerial photos taken by Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan show the Creekside Mobile Home Park reduced to piles of ash and molten metal. Piles of grays are separated by roads sprinkled with the distinct pink of a fire retardant and the occasional houses still standing.
City officials and firefighters want evacuees from Creekside Mobile Home Park and Cache Creek Mobil Home Estates to call them so they can make sure everyone is safe. Evacuees can call 707-994-8201, ext. 107, to notify authorities of their status and should provide their space number if they need to leave a voicemail message.
There will be a 5 p.m. briefing at Clearlake Town Hall regarding the fire, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.
The cause of the fire has not been reported.
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