Crews battling Jerusalem Fire in Lake, Napa counties

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Friday, August 14, 2015
A firefighter monitors a spot fire from the Jerusalem fire near Lower Lake, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015.
A firefighter monitors a spot fire from the Jerusalem fire near Lower Lake, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015.
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LOWER LAKE, Calif. (KGO) -- The Jerusalem Fire, raging through Lake and Napa counties, is burning in heavy vegetation and the lack of improved roads continue to hamper fire suppression efforts.

The fire still remains active and firefighters are working aggressively to stop the forward progression and sustain perimeter control. Erratic winds are contributing to the increased fire activity and promoting high intensity uphill runs with short range spotting.

The fire has grown to 24,000 acres and is now 50 percent contained. Over 2,100 firefighters are working the fire.

Cal Fire is urging residents to stay vigilant and adhere to any changes in evacuations and road closures.

PHOTOS: Smoke visible from Jerusalem Fire in Lake County

Meanwhile, the Rocky Fire is now 95 percent contained. It was one of the fastest growing wildfires in California history. It started on July 29, 2015, burned 43 homes and forced thousands to evacuate.


Mandatory Evacuations are in place for the Jerusalem Valley area east of Spruce Grove. This includes Tinilyn Road, Nicholas Way, Jaclyn Road, June Bug Drive, Jerusalem Grade, Jerusalem Valley Road, Jerusalem Road, W Jerusalem Road, Canyon Road, Coon Flat Road, Daly Place and Morgan Valley Road from the Reiff Road intersection east to the Napa County Line and Reiff Road from the Morgan Valley Road intersection east to the Yolo County Line. Fire and emergency vehicles will be working in the area.

Advisory Evacuations are issued for Grange Road from Luchetti Ranch Road east to Bucksnort Creek, Butts Canyon Road from Bucksnort Creek east to the Napa County Line.


Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road, Morgan Valley Road from Reiff Road southeast to Napa County Line, Reiff Road from Morgan Valley east to Yolo County Line and Berryessa Knoxville Road closed from Lake Berryessa north (per Napa County Sheriff).

Cache Creek, Knoxville Areas Closed due to Rocky and Jerusalem Fires.


Kelseyville High School: (415) 307-4503

5480 Main St, Kelseyville, CA 95451

Animal Evacuation Center: Lake Evacuation and Animal Protection (LEAP), 707-263-0278

For more stories about the wildfires breaking out across California, click here.