Lake County wildfires update: Wye Fire has burned 3,000 acres, 25% contained; Walker Fire has burned 2,000 acres, 30% contained


Firefighters said the progress overnight was steady. There are about 300 to 400 firefighters working on the fires. Units are coming from all around the state to help.

The Wye Fire has burned at least 3,000 acres near Highway 20 and Highway 53, north of the town of Clearlake. That's about 50 miles north of Santa Rosa. Part of Highway 20 is shut down. The Walker Fire is burning near the Lake-Colusa County line and 2,000 acres have been burned there so far. They Wye Fire is 25 percent contained and the Walker Fire is 30 percent contained.

Firefighters issued an evacuation order for the Spring Valley subdivision of Clear Lake Oaks, about 15 miles from the town of Clearlake. People ABC7 News spoke to say they only had minutes to leave their homes.

"We could see the orange and black and everything and as we were driving out we could see some trees that were on fire and you couldn't even see anything in front of you. You could just see where the different billows of smoke were. When you're breathing in it's kind of tough," said evacuee Megan Berger.

The CHP blocked portions of Highways 20 and 53. Only emergency personnel could get through. CAL FIRE says both fires started along the highway.

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