PHOTOS: Smoke visible from Jerusalem Fire in Lake County
The Lake County Sheriff's Office issued a mandatory evacuation order for the Jerusalem Valley area east of Soda Creek. Authorities say Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road and fire personnel and emergency vehicles will be working in the area.
The wildfire is being fought aggressively with five air tankers and three helicopters. Some resources from the Rocky Fire have been diverted to this new wildfire.
Officials say the Jerusalem Fire is burning about seven miles southwest of the Rocky Fire, which has burned nearly 70,000 acres since it started on July 29. Capt. Joe Fletcher says the two could merge.
The Lake County Office of Emergency Services says an evacuation center for both wildfires is available at Middletown High School at 20932 Big Canyon Road, and a temporary shelter for pets and animals has opened at 6885 Old Highway 53 in Clearlake.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Cal Fire describes the "Jerusalem Fire" as fast moving. It's already consumed 2000 acres and triggered evacuations. pic.twitter.com/YFSNPTZATA— Sergio Quintana (@svqjournalist) August 10, 2015
Fast moving #JerusalemFire in Lake County - Evacuations for Jerusalem Valley area east of Spruce Grove Rd.— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) August 10, 2015
The #JerusalemFire in Lake County has grown to 2,000 acres. Evacuations for Jerusalem Valley area east of Spruce Grove Rd.— CAL FIRE PIO Berlant (@CALFIRE_PIO) August 10, 2015
Firefighters are battling a 100 acre fire off Jerusalem Road, 7 miles northeast of Middleton (Lake County). #JerusalemFire— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 10, 2015