Humboldt sends help as 7,700 acre fire threatens 600 structures in Lake County

Lake County, Ca., (KIEM)- The Pawnee Fire is more than 7,00 acres in size, threatening an entire community. A local strike team has left Humboldt County to fight the flames.
At 2:00 a.M. Humboldt bay fire crews got a call for help from Cal Fire. Along with the Arcata Fire District, Briceland, Miranda and Blue Lake fire departments Humboldt Bay Fire would answer the call. A five engine strike team has been sent to help push back the lake county blaze.

We go now to the latest details from this fast growing fire. It started just after 5 p-m last night, and has already destroyed 12 structures, putting another 600 in jeopardy. Cal Fire crews are calling it the “Pawnee fire.” driven by low humidity and erratic winds, the Pawnee fire grew steadily overnight in the Spring Valley area east of Clear Lake Oaks in Lake County. Some roads accessed by Old Long Valley and New Long Valley Roads north of Highway 20 are closed, and the entire Spring Valley community is subject to a mandatory evacuation. More than 200 souls are fighting the fire Sunday night.

All state highways in lake county remain open at this time. Road closures shown on Caltrans’ QuickMap tool are for a local road, new long valley road, which is closed at State Route 20. S-R 20 itself is still open.

Caltrans will also update road information on Facebook and Twitter immediately if the Pawnee Fire closes State Route 20.