The Clayton Fire, which has burned through nearly 4,000 acres, destroyed more that 175 structures and still threatens 380 buildings in Lake County, is now 40 percent contained.
More than 2,300 fire personnel continue to battle the blaze that law enforcement officials believe was started by 40-year-old Clearlake resident Damin Pashilk. He was arrested Monday on 17 counts of arson.
The town of Lower Lake, about two hours north of San Francisco was hit particularly hard. The small community of about 1,300 — roughly 15 miles north of Middletown, a town badly damaged in last year's Valley Fire — saw whole blocks swept up in the blaze. See images of the aftermath below.
Alan Griffien describes how by using buckets of water and a garden hose he was able to keep both his and his neighbor’s house from being burned during the Clayton Fire that raced through his neighborhood in Lower Lake on Aug. 15, 2016. (Brittany Hosea-Small/KQED)
Alan Griffien (left) and his 4-year-old son Adin look over the debris from the house next to theirs that was destroyed by the Clayton Fire in Lower Lake. With the help of buckets of water and a garden hose Griffien was able to save both his and his neighbor’s house from catching on fire.