Fire Burns at Walker Ridge (Updated)

Photo of the Wye & Walker Ridge Fire smoke at sunset making its way into the valley. The fire is burning in an easterly fashion. (Photo by: Susie McCullough – Arbuckle)

(Updated at 09:16 P.M. on Wednesday, August 15)

Two wildfires now being managed as one incident has continued to burn this afternoon in Lake County are at an estimated 70% containment.

The fires commonly known as the “Walker Ridge Fire”and the The larger fire of the evening, the “WYE Fire” have recently been merged as one incident by CalFire and fire crews are beginning to make progress on containment as the blaze has burned a total of 7,934 acres.

This fire is located near Highway 20 at the Highway 53 intersection, just east of Clearlake Oaks and burning on both sides of Highway 20.

Three structures were destroyed by the fire and leaving one damaged.

Evacuation orders have been lifted; including those in the Wilbur Hot Spring area.

Highway 20 has been re-opened and requires CHP single lane escort from Highway 53 to Highway 16. Fire operations are being evaluated along Highway 20 with the hope of opening Highway 20 to full traffic sometime on Wednesday.

Both fires, only 10 miles apart, grew rapidly as they burned through grassland, oak woodland and made its way into the timber, and the main influence of growth is the heat and not the wind.

The blaze has caused power outages to several customers in the area, and PG&E is working on restoring power or has restored power to these areas. .

Participating personnel include: CAL FIRE, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, CAL TRANS, PG&E, Red Cross, Bureau of Land Management and the California Department. of Corrections and Rehabilitation in addition to dozens of local fire agencies.

Cause for both fires have been undetermined and still under investigation at this time.

As firefighters continue to battle the blaze on Wednesday, crews will face hot summer conditions as the National Weather service predicts a daytime high of 100 degrees for the area.

Update on this fire and conditions to come as information is released.  Any personal stories, photos, or information you would like to share please email publisher@williamspioneerreview.com

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