Fires

Lake County’s Jerusalem fire 5 percent contained; 14,000 acres consumed

The Jerusalem fire that broke out Sunday in Lake County had grown to 14,000 acres Tuesday night and was reported 5 percent contained.

The fire had doubled during the night Monday, from 6,000 to 12,000 acres.

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials announced further evacuations Tuesday evening. A mandatory evacuation was issued for Morgan Valley Road from the Reiff Road intersection east to the Napa County line. Cal Fire reported 50 structures threatened.

The Jerusalem fire is burning south of the mostly contained Rocky fire that destroyed 43 homes last week.

The Jerusalem fire began about 3:45 p.m. Sunday just off Jerusalem Road, 7 miles east of Middletown. A mandatory evacuation order is in place for the Jerusalem Valley.

A total of 1,122 firefighter personnel are battling the fire. Firefighting resources from the nearby Rocky fire are being directed to the Jerusalem fire zone.

Fire officials said the comparatively small Jerusalem blaze could merge with the Rocky fire, the state’s largest wildfire, which has burned nearly 70,000 acres and was 88 percent contained as of Tuesday evening.

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