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Fire crews start to contain wildfire that’s threatening 40 structures near Clearlake

A 15-acre wildfire in Clearlake in Lake County started Thursday afternoon, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
A 15-acre wildfire in Clearlake in Lake County started Thursday afternoon, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

Firefighters started to contain a 19-acre wildfire Thursday evening that’s threatening 40 structures near Clearlake in Lake County, according to Cal Fire.

The blaze, dubbed the Golf Fire, broke out Thursday afternoon and was 30 percent contained as of 6:23 p.m., Cal Fire said in an incident update. But a Cal Fire spokesman said it was unclear whether forward progress had been stopped.

Evacuation orders for the Riviera West subdivision were still in effect at the time of the update. An evacuation site was set up at Kelseyville High School on Main Street in Kelseyville.

Additionally, Soda Bay Road was closed from Golf Drive to Crystal Drive, Cal Fire said.

Firefighters initially responded to a 5-acre fire with “a moderate rate of spread” off Golf Drive and Soda Bay Road around 1 p.m. Thursday, according to Cal Fire. The fire grew, and crews were still fighting it around 6 p.m.

Nearly 330 personnel were assigned to the blaze Thursday evening, Cal Fire said. They expect to have the fire completely extinguished by Friday.

No one was injured, and no structures were reported damaged Thursday evening. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Meghan Bobrowsky, from Scripps College, is a local news reporter for The Sacramento Bee, focusing on breaking news and school funding. She grew up in nearby Davis.
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