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Community responds to Wye, Walker fires

Wye and Walker Fires
“As you can see, it’s quite an effort to face something this huge, and it's certainly something our little community can't handle ourselves.” - Cal Fire Division Chief Eric Hoffman

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – Dozens of community members gathered in Clearlake Oaks Monday evening to hear from state and local officials about the response to a pair of wildland fires that tore through the hills near Clearlake Oaks last week, causing evacuations and burning thousands of acres.

County Supervisor Denise Rushing hosted the hour-and-45-minute-long meeting at the Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, which was a short distance from where the Wye Fire had broken out Sunday, Aug. 12, about 20 minutes after the Walker Fire was dispatched.

County staff and leaders, local fire chiefs and a number of Cal Fire chief officers were on hand to discuss the incident and answer questions.

The Walker and Wye Fires – eventually managed as just the Wye Fire – burned a total of 7,934 acres before being contained last Saturday morning.

Overall, the entire incident cost an estimated $7,355,896, including the engines that remain on scene patrolling the fire areas, Cal Fire spokesperson Suzie Blankenship said Tuesday.

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