Wednesday, May 12, 2021



Wye Fire Almost Contained

Photo taken by Matthew Henderson ( The Welcome to Lake County Sign along Highway 20 surrounded by flames. (Submitted Photo) Click the photo to view additional photos taken by Matthew Henderson.


The Wye Fire is 95% contained, as estimated by CalFire officials on Friday Evening.

All evacuation orders have been lifted, and residents are returning home.

The fires commonly known as the “Walker Ridge Fire”and the “WYE Fire” have were being managed as one incident by CalFire due to their close proximity of only 10 miles apart.

The blaze has burned a total of 7,934 acres, and containment is expected on Saturday, August 18th.

The fire started near the  Highway 20 and Highway 53 intersection, just east of Clearlake Oaks and burning on both sides of Highway 20.

It has been reported that two structures and one outbuilding were destroyed, and two structures were damaged. Three injuries were also reported as a result of fire fighting efforts.

719 Fire Personnel worked hard on the fire over the last week; 532 of those were CalFire crew members, the remaining fire personnel were from surrounding local agencies.

Photo of the Wye & Walker Ridge Fire smoke at sunset. (Photo by: Donna Green- Arbuckle)

Demobilization of fire crews and engines in progress.

Participating personnel include: CAL FIRE, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, CALTRANS, PG&E, Red Cross, Bureau of Land Management, CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation and dozens of local fire agencies.  

HWY 20 is open to restricted speed traffic in both directions. Traffic is restricted to 45 miles per hour. C.H.P. is enforcing traffic restrictions. For road conditions, please call Caltrans at 1-800-427-7623. Please use caution when driving in the area of Hwy 20 and Spring Valley due to fire personnel and equipment use.

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)

Due to fire conditions and firefighter safety, hunting has been restricted 10 miles north and south of Hwy 20, between Hwy 53 and Hwy 16. 

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

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