UPDATE 8 p.m. — Cal Fire currently estimates the Cache Fire at 80 acres and 20 percent containment as of 7:46 p.m.
UPDATE 4 p.m. — According the scanner traffic, significant progress is being made on the fire, with forward progress stopped, and some resources are being released. The fire appears to have crossed Cache Creek in three spots, and structures both within and outside the fire’s perimeter remain threatened. The current estimate is that the fire is between 70 – 85 acres.
UPDATE 3 p.m. — Additional road closures are going into place on SR 29 at Lake, and potential other locations near the fire. Evacuations are continuing on the Cache Fire. Conditions are changing quickly and there are reports of heavy traffic in the area of the fire, so please avoid the area if necessary.
Current info on evacuations and road closures can be found at the Lake County emergency information map, available here. Cal Fire Lake-Napa Unit is not the lead agency is sharing some updates, and additional notifications are being put out via the Nixle alerts from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, as well as video updates on Sheriff Brian Martin’s personal Facebook page.
There are multiple structures involved and fire is currently estimated to be about 100 acres. An air response is continuing and there have also been multiple calls for evacuation assistance. According to scanner traffic, there are a number of power poles on fire at the Lower Lake elementary school location and PG&E has been requested. However, all students have been evacuated from the elementary and high school.
UPDATE 2:15 p.m. — A road closure will be in place for northbound traffic at State Route 29 and State Route 53, and additional evacuations may be issued. The fire is currently reported to be 50 acres in size, with a moderate rate of spread, and there are multiple structures involved. The fire also has crossed Cache Creek, according to scanner traffic. Current information about evacuations can be found at the links below for Cal Fire, Lake County Sheriff, and for the Lake County emergency information map.
MENDOCINO Co., 8/17/21 — The Cache Fire in Clearlake, a wildland fire that is threatening structures and began at 6th Avenue and Cache Creek, has led to evacuations and possible road closures in the Clearlake area. Fire crews were initially dispatched to the fire around 12:30 p.m., and current reports are that at least 30 acres have burned. An air response is also underway.
An evacuation shelter has been set up at Kelseyville High School. Evacuations are ongoing at Lower Lake elementary school, where students are currently being loaded onto buses and according to scanner traffic, students had been evacuated from both the elementary school and the high school by 2 p.m.
We will not be updating frequently on this fire as it is out of our regular coverage area, but we recommend following Cal Fire Lake-Napa Unit and the Nixle alerts from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for ongoing evacuation and road closure information. Evacuations and updates are also being posted to the Lake County emergency information map, available here.
The fire is spreading rapidly and so details are changing quickly — please avoid the area and maintain situational awareness if possible. Additional information is available from the Lake County News.
This is a developing situation and information may change. We’ll update this article as more information becomes available. The most recent information will be updated at the top of the article, with the earlier reports below.