Emergencies

KPFZ Emergency Information

Golf Fire (Riviera West) Aug 8, 2019

There was a fire on Mt Konocti near Buckingham Peninsula.
 

The Golf Fire  is 100% contained, so we will no longer update this emergency page . However, we recommend all listeners who have not yet done so to register with LakeCoAlerts, even if you previously registered with Nixle or Code Red.

Golf Fire Update FINAL  (Sunday  8/11/19 7:00 pm)

Caused by an improperly discarded cigarette. Size : 20 acres, 100% contained (though Calfire crews will still be working on the site). One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Golf Fire Update (Saturday 8/10/19 7:45 pm)  Golf Fire - off Soda Bay Rd and Golf Dr, West of Clearlake in Lake County is 20 acres and 90% contained.

Calfire Investigators determined the cause of the Golf Fire to be from a improperly discarded cigarette.  CalFire would like to remind the public to 'put it out'.  When needing to discard a cigarette use a deep and sturdy ashtray and place it away from anything that can burn.  Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, pottee plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grasses or leaves or other things that could ignite easily.  Before you throw away and cigarettes and ashes make sure they are out.  Dosing them in water or sand is the best way to do that.  Never throw cigarettes out of vehicles, always discard them in an ashtray, or a container designed for cigarette disposal.

All Evacuations Orders/Advisories have been lifted
All Road Closures have been lifted

Golf Fire Incident Road Closure Update  (Saturday 8/10/19 11:30 am)

Public Information Officer
Lt. Rich Ward

The road closures on Soda Bay Road in Buckingham for the Golf Fire Incident will be removed and open to through traffic on Saturday, 08/10, at 1200 pm.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorist, pedestrians and residents in the area to remain vigilant of emergency personnel and equipment that may still be working in the area. 

Golf Fire Evacuation Order and Warning Lifted (Friday 8/9/19 1:30 pm)

Effective immediately, all evacuation warnings and orders have been lifted for the communities of Riviera West, Buckingham and Riviera Heights.  Residents are now able to repopulate the area.  The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents to still remain vigilant of hazards created as a result of the fire and emergency personnel in the immediate area.  Road closures will remain in the following areas:

*Soda Bay Road is closed between Little Borax Lake Road and Crystal Drive for emergency personnel in the immediate area.*

Pacific Gas & Electric anticipates restoring power and re-energizing powerlines in the affected areas after a line inspection has been accomplished.

Things to consider when repopulation occurs:

  • Be alert for downed power lines and other hazards. 
  • Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning gas on; if it has been turned off.
  • Check water lines before turning back on if previously shut-off. 
  • Check your residence carefully for hidden embers or smoldering fires.
  • Check pilot lights.
  • Be cognizant of emergency traffic and first responders in the immediate area.

NOTE : we are updating these lists as information becomes available.

Government Agencies & Affiliates

News Organizations

Technical Support Sites

WARNING! These may require some technical knowledge, and may not be up to date.

  • Wind Conditions in Lake County - Put in the Zip Code 95451 Note: these wind speeds may not be applicable at ground level.
  • Web Cams --  Note : PGE has a camera on Konocti, but you can't see the Golf Fire area. The Geyser Peak camera shows Konocti from the west. Check the datestamp on the webcam to make sure it's current.
  • Flight Radar 24 This shows the location of airplanes all over the world.Click on a plane and you'll see its path.
  • FIRMS Fire Satellite Map  WARNING!  It can take up to two days for a satellite to pick up a fire at a particular location. Also, it cannot see through mountains or into canyons. (As of 8/9/19 it did NOT pick up the Golf Fire!)

Crowdsourced News (WARNING! This is not official information!)

Mendocino Complex Fire Information

Note: This post will receive no further updates as of October 1. Please tune in to KPFZ Sunday afternoons from 2-4 PM for relevant timely information about the fire recovery.

The River and Ranch fires have been combined by Cal Fire into a grouping known as the Mendocino Complex. The River Fire, which started near Hopland, and the Ranch Fire, which started near Potter Valley, have now caused evacuations in Lake, Colusa, and Glenn Counties. Meanwhile, other fires have caused much damage, with smoke spreading all over Northern California.

Moving Forward

Disaster Recovery Center

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had a recovery center operating in Upper Lake, at 9470 Main Street. As of August 27, its hours were Monday through Saturday, 9:00AM to 6:00 PM. You can also reach FEMA at (800) 621-FEMA. They also operate mobile centers on an ad-hoc basis. A FEMA representative had been on KPFZ daily at 9:00 AM.

Fires affecting Lake County : Sulphur, Long, Tubbs, Redwood, and Pocket

The Sulphur fire is Lake County's latest major fire, which affects the Sulphur Bank, Windflower Point, Gooseneck, and Clearlake Park areas, grew to over 2500 acres, and  destroyed 136 residences and 30 other structures. We are also covering the Long Fire (Long and Spring Valley), Tubbs Fire (active on Mount St Helena, potentially affecting Middletown), Redwood Fire (threatening Lake Pilsbury) and the Pocket Fire (near Geyserville). Here are some resources:

  • Tuesday through Saturday, October 17 through 21, the City of Clearlake and the County of Lake will partner with community, State, and national service and relief organizations to provide a one-stop Local Assistance Center (LAC) for those impacted by the Sulphur Fire. Please, rather than going it alone, come and allow this experienced team to walk alongside you. 

    The LAC will be open from 11:00am-7:00pm, at the Clearlake Senior Community Center, located at 3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake, CA, 95422.