The recent Clayton fire in Lake County tore through the community of Lower Lake in Lake county, destroying over 150 structures including many in the historic downtown. Hundreds of residents were evacuated. A 40 year old Clearlake resident, Damon Pashilk, was arrested under suspicion of arson which has grievously angered an already stressed community as visions of last year's Valley, Jerusalem, and Rocky fires bring back painful memories and worries of the future.
Yesterday, Tuesday, August 16th, I drove into Lower Lake's historic Main street to photograph the damage and recovery efforts.
If you are interested in donating to help victims of the Clayton fire, please see:
Lake Area Rotary Club Assn. | Lake County Rising | North Coast Opportunities
Redwood Credit Union | The Salvation Army
The Habitat for Humanity building on Main Street in Lower Lake, CA was devastated by the Clayton Fire, with only one badly damaged wall still standing on Tuesday, August 16th. The group had been working to raise funds to help families rebuild from last year's Rocky, Jerusalem, and Valley fires which devastated the region. 2016.
The Cold Fire between Lake Berryessa and Winters continued today, moving northerly and growing from 2,200 acres at 6:00am this morning to 4,600 acres by 7:00pm this evening. Mop-up efforts took place along 128 throughout the day, as firefighters battled the fire's northward movement.
The wildland west of Winters just can't seem to get a break. This afternoon around 4:30pm, a fire broke out east of Lake Beryessa, heading east, and by later this evening, northeast. As of early this evening, The Golden Bear community is under evacuation orders, and the fire has grown from 200 acres late this afternoon to 1,700 acres by 9:00pm this evening.
I drove down highway 128 and into to the Golden Bear community. Here are some of those shots.