August 13th, 2012
01:25 AM ET

Mandatory evacuations ordered as wildfires advance toward California town

Firefighters were battling two wildfires in Northern California that grew late Sunday to more than 5,000 acres, forcing people from their homes in Lake County, a fire official said.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the Spring Valley subdivision in Clearlake, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, according to Julie Hutchinson of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The larger of the two fires, dubbed the "Wye Fire," began burning at about 4 p.m. PT (7 p.m. ET) along California Highway State 20, she said. By night time, the fire had grown to 5,000 acres.

A second smaller fire, labeled the "Walker Fire," began burning a short distance away at about the same time along the same highway, Hutchinson said. By evening, it had grown to 400 acres.

About 200 fire personnel were en route to fight the fire, she said.

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  1. Jay jay

    Maybe the king welfare state will come to their assistance. Oops they are broke. So sorry...

    August 13, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      That was my first thought: This is insurance fraud by bankrupt mayors of indebted California cities. Burn it down, take the money and run, all the unionized government worker pensions be dam ned. Like many suicides, California cities are discovering they are worth more dead than alive. Burn, baby, burn!

      August 14, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. sorry...

    Sorry to be so callous, but if mother nature puts u in harms way year after (ie: hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc) then move.

    August 13, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. sorry...

    *Year after year*

    August 13, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. High Tech

    When are fire fighters going to start acting like a fire is threatening to burn down an Air Force Base and actually use the same tactics fighting forrest fires that threaten civilians?
    If it were a US military base under threat, a squadron of C-130s would be en route asap. Colorado Springs' recent fire didn't see a C-130 for 3 days after the fire started!

    August 13, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Well Philip, as youve already stated, they didnt learn sh!t from the fires in Colorado! And thats what you call *military intelligence* an oxy moron if there ever was one! & thats what that 300 plus million dollar budget for military spending was passed 4

    August 13, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    To be spent in other countries, not ours. May as well flush those tax dollars we pay!

    August 13, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      C 130s are strategic airlift aircraft to fight and win our nation's wars, not your personal firefighting force. If you (or the aggregate of citizens in whatever state you're from) want one, work harder, pay more taxes, buy your own. Let's try moving away from statist solutions, as if the resolution of every problem comes from government. And get insurance.

      August 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I hope they get this quickly under control with minimum loss of property and *no* loss of life.

    Wonder if they were caused by carelessly tossed cigs out the window, it being along a highway...

    August 13, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. chevy.com

    insurance we don't need no sicken insurance we can get help from the countries we always help right? we gave food to the Russians in the cold war what kind of war is that? oh & after WW 2 we flew food over to Germany now China wants our corn oil rice wheat well we could use more firefighters & their tools to put out all these fires & the people who need help in the floods . somebody to teach this dumb new drivers don't known how to drive here in USA wrong way wrong side of the road can't park !!??

    August 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |