Cal Fire has issued a mandatory evacuation of the Double Eagle region as firefighters continue to battle the Rocky fire in Lake County, which grew to 22,500 acres.
The evacuation, issued Saturday, extends to all areas east of the Cache Creek recreational area along Highway 20 to Walker Ridge Road.
Mandatory evacuations previously were issued in the Jerusalem Valley area east of Soda Creek. An advisory remains in effect for areas east of Highway 29 at Raita Road and east of Highway 53 north to Highway 20. Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road.
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Three homes and numerous outbuildings have been destroyed or damaged, and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported 500 homes threatened.
The Lake County blaze - one of 23 in the state - grew from 18,000 acres reported Friday. Containment remains at five percent in the fire, which began Wednesday near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road east of Lower Lake.
Among other fires:
- The Lowell fire, which began July 25 in Nevada and Placer counties, was reported 75 percent contained, with 2,303 acres burned.
- The Wragg fire, which began July 22 in Napa and Solano counties, was 92 percent contained, with 8,051 acres burned.
- The Swedes fire, which began Wednesday in Butte County, was 80 percent contained, with 400 acres burned.