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Lake County wildfire grows to 400 acres, forces evacuations

The Clayton Fire in Lake County grew to 400 acres by 8:15 p.m. in the vicinity of Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road, and is 20 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.
The Clayton Fire in Lake County grew to 400 acres by 8:15 p.m. in the vicinity of Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road, and is 20 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. @kentphotos

A fast-moving wildfire in Lake County forced the evacuations of residents Saturday night just south of Lower Lake.

Burning brush and grass, the fire quickly grew to 400 acres by 8:15 p.m. in the vicinity of Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road, and is 20 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

“It started to jump just after 5 p.m.,” said Daniel Berlant, Cal Fire spokesman. “We have evacuations for several roads in the area.”

Residents were ordered to evacuate immediately.

No estimates of the number of residents forced to flee the fire were available. The fire’s origin is unknown, Berlant said.

The Clayton Creek fire is burning near the site of two devastating wildfires that blackened much of Lake County last year, Berlant said.

The Jerusalem Fire, which broke out Aug. 9, 2015, scorched 25,118 acres and six homes before it was contained Aug. 24. That overlapped the Rocky Fire, which burned 69,439 acres, including 43 homes, between July 29 and Aug. 13 of last year.

More than 100 firefighters were on the scene within two hours of the first reports of the Clayton Creek fire, Berlant said, with several hundred additional firefighters on the way. Helicopters and air tankers also were battling the blaze.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington

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