UPDATE: 12:05 p.m.
Layna Rivas of Clear Lake said she woke up Tuesday and checked a map. She said it appears the fire went through her property Monday night. “I might be one of those people who’ve lost precious things,” she said.
But she doesn’t know for sure.
“Worst part is I can’t get in to see what’s been damaged or not. I’m praying the fires moved slowly and the clear-cutting I did before I left have kept some of my structures safe,” she said.
Her place is called Ravens Haven, and she considers it a retreat for artists and musicians to escape into Mother Nature. “My heart is heavy at the thought of my once epic view of the valley that had an array of life and colors now grey and lifeless,” she said.
UPDATE: 11:35 a.m.
Many people are aiding evacuees, handing out items such as pillows, apples and piles of French toast at a local Moose Lodge.
Tabetha Atwood, owner of Our Happy Tails Etc., a dog bakery in Clearlake, helped match wayward dogs with their owners Tuesday. She also had dog treats on hand for folks who came by with their pets.
“These are our friends, our family and our neighbors,” she said.
UPDATE: 10:45 a.m.
President Barack Obama is asking his aides to stay in close touch with California’s governor and other local officials as firefighters tackle an unruly wildfire.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama was briefed about the wildfire by his homeland security adviser, Lisa Monaco. He says Obama is extending his gratitude to the men and women battling the fire and that the White House will be closely monitoring the situation.
The White House says the National Preparedness Level was raised on Monday to Level 4, which occurs when three or more regions have incidents requiring additional resources. There are 27 large, uncontained and active fires, being battled by 14,000 federal and state personnel.
UPDATE: 6:56 A.M. : According to a Cal Fire spokesperson, the Rocky Fire has reached 65,000 acres after the flames jumped over roads. Over 3,200 firefighters are battling the blaze.
UPDATE 7:48 P.M.: Fire has now burned 62,000 acres. Still 12 percent contained.
UPDATE: 6:05 P.M.: Fire over Highway 20 spread to well over 100 acres, Calfire said. Crews are making progress on that fire. Fire is 12 percent contained.
UPDATE: 4:51 P.M.: The flames have jumped Highway 20, and 50 acres were burned as a result, Calfire said. Crews are attacking aggressively.
UPDATE 8:17 a.m. : A mandatory evacuation has been implemented for all residents on Ogulin Canyon Road as well as all of Spring Valley.
Evacuation centers are located at Middletown High School and Kelseyville High School.
Mandatory evacuations also in effect for: