Saturday, August 15, 2015

Northern California Fires, Jerusalem is still burning

A City Council communications comment (8/10/15 meeting) advised that some of our Firefighters are fighting these fires.

Jerusalem fireContra Costa Times News/Malaika Fraley, 8/15/15. "Smoke from Lake County fires make for hazy day around Bay Area."

Bay Area residents woke up Saturday to hazy skies and the smell of smoke from a large wildfire burning to the north in Lake County.  ....  The smoke is coming from the 25,146-acre Jerusalem Fire that firefighters have been battling in Lake County since Aug. 9. Cal Fire reported Saturday morning that the blaze is 78 percent contained. 

 A cool down on Monday and return of onshore breezes might ease conditions, according to the weather service.  People with respiratory problems were being urged to stay indoors.  Check back for updates.    Read more.

Related -  ABC/KOLO 8 TV News, 8/15/15, 1:51 p.m, "Jerusalem Fire 78% contained at 25,146 acres." "LAKE COUNTY, CA - .... The Jerusalem Fire started just before 4pm Sunday, August 9th, 2015 in Lake County, CA. It is close to where the Rocky Fire has been burning for more than a week. The cause has not been determined. Mandatory Evacuations are in place for the Jerusalem Valley area east of Spruce Grove. .... Road Closures: Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road, Morgan Valley Road from Reiff Road southeast to Napa County Line, Reiff Road from Morgan Valley east to Yolo County Line and Berryessa Knoxville Road closed from Lake Berryessa north (per Napa County Sheriff).

Related -  Los Angeles Times/Veronica Rocha, Wednesday, 8/12/15, 9:06 a.m., "Northern California wildfire jumps into Napa County; 150 homes evacuated." "A 16,500-acre wildfire grew overnight near Northern California’s wine country, and officials fear gusty winds could continue to drive flames into dry woodlands. The Jerusalem fire chewed through another 4,500 acres Tuesday night, prompting residents near the Napa and Yolo county lines to flee their homes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said at least 150 homes were evacuated, and the fire was threatening 50 structures. .... More than 11,000 firefighters are battling blazes, with aid from Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico."

Note graphic source:  CalFire MapBox, by Lorena Elebee, Los Angeles Times graphics, related article above.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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