Wildfire in Lake County prompts mandatory evacuation

Aug 9, 2015 11:52 PM

A wildfire that broke out several miles south of the massive Rocky Fire in Northern California has prompted the evacuation of residents who were forced out of their homes days earlier by the blaze.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection official said the new fire was reported about 3:30 p.m. Sunday near the community of Lower Lake.

Capt. Joe Fletcher said the fire grew to about 2,000 acres and could merge with the Rocky Fire, the state's largest wildfire which has burned more than 107 square miles.

He said firefighters and air tankers battling that fire were reassigned to attack the new fire.

Authorities in Lake County issued a mandatory evacuation order for an unknown number of residents of the Jerusalem Valley area.


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