Fast-moving Cache Fire prompts evacuations in Lake County, threatening city of Clearlake


A fast moving wildfire fanned by gusting winds prompted evacuations in Lake County Wednesday, and appeared to pose an immediate threat to the city of Clearlake.

The Cache Fire appears to have sparked near Sixth Avenue and Cache Streets in Clearlake.

Cal Fire said the blaze was 100 acres in size and 0% contained.

“If you’re in Lower Lake, you should probably get out of here,” Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin said in a Facebook Live video. “If you’re hanging around trying to watch what’s going on, we kindly ask you to leave the area. That’s causing a lot of problems for our responders that are getting in here. This is a very, very serious event.”

A map of the zones under evacuation mandates and warnings is available here. As of Wednesday afternoon the zones were east of Highways 53 and 29.

An evacuation zone was set up at Kelseyville High School, officials said.

The evacuation zones included territory that houses school campuses, including elementary schools. Martin said the elementary schools had been “cleared out,” and that officials were working to do the same for nearby high schools.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Chronicle staff writer Jessica Flores and Lauren Hernandez contributed to this report.

Dominic Fracassa is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter: @dominicfracassa