Colusa County agencies respond to Lake County fire

Multiple Colusa County fire agencies are still taking part in the fight against the Clayton Fire in neighboring Lake County, which has destroyed more than 175 structures and burned 4,000 acres since it began on Saturday.

As of 8:15 PM on Monday, the fire was 20 percent contained.

“We still have some resources over there,” Williams Fire Protection Authority Chief Jeff Gilbert said on Tuesday afternoon. “Colusa City (Fire Department) has an engine over there with a Yuba County strike team. Williams has a water tender up there and an engine up there in station coverage that got committed to the fire. Sac River has an Office of Emergency Services water tender committed.”

Maxwell also has a truck in station coverage at Cal Fire’s Leesville Station, Maxwell Fire Chief Kenny Cohen said.

Officials have determined that the blaze was intentionally set, and in a televised news briefing on Monday, Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin announced that Clearlake resident Damin Anthony Pashilk, 40, was arrested on multiple counts of arson in connection to the Clayton Fire.

Three Colusa County agencies were part of a task force formed in the early stages of the fight, which responded to the fire on Saturday evening. Maxwell Fire Department, Williams Fire Protection Authority and Sacramento River Fire Protection district each contributed resources to the initial firefighting force.

A number of volunteer firefighters with the Sacramento River Fire Protection District left a fundraiser for Colusa Rural Firefighters Inc. early on Saturday night in order to battle the Lake County blaze.

The strike force that includes Colusa City Fire Department, which is still  actively fighting the Clayton Fire, was relocated from the Mineral Fire in Fresno County.

The strike force moved post-haste between the two locations, going Code 3 (emergency response, typically with lights and sirens) all the way up I-5, Colusa City Fire officials said.

Colusa City Fire just rotated their personnel on the strike team on Monday. The new crew will spend a week on strike force before rotating out again. <

Brian Pearson
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