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Wildland fire reported in Red Hills area

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From his deck, Ugo Innocenti took this picture of the fire on Mt. Konocti near Kelseyville, Calif., on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.


KELSEYVILLE, Calif. – Firefighters on Tuesday morning were responding to a wildland fire that resulted when a control burn at a vineyard escaped.

Kelseyville Fire, Lake County Fire and Cal Fire were dispatched to the fire, first reported before 11 a.m. at Red Hills Vineyard, 7900 Highway 29. Northshore Fire and Mendocino County units joined the effort by early afternoon.

By about 11 a.m. the fire had burned between five and seven acres, with a nearby residence threatened.

By 12 p.m. the fire had reached a reported 90 acres, and was up to 150 acres about a half hour later, with 250 acres reached – with an estimated potential for 600 – just after 1 p.m., according to reports from the scene.

At 2 p.m., the fire was at 300 acres, with 10 percent containment, according to reports from the scene. Containment had neared 30 to 40 percent by 3 p.m.

It was reported to be moving through very steep terrain toward the peak of Mt. Konocti and away from Kelseyville and structures.

Firefighters arriving at the scene initially reported a slow rate of spread in thick brush, with difficulty accessing the fire, according to radio reports.

In addition to the engines responding, hand crews and dozers were being dispatched to the fire, which was getting some wind on it, raising the spread pace to moderate. Radio traffic indicated firefighters were unable to access the head of the fire.

A wildland fire in the Red Hills Road area of Kelseyville, Calif., resulted from an escaped control burn on the morning of Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Photo by Dave Hendrick.

Just after 12:30 p.m., a request was made for three additional crews, a strike team, a dozer and more overhead command staff, according to radio reports.

At just after 12:45 p.m., a call was put out over the radio for an eight engine strike team to meet at the base of Mt. Konocti. Helicopters and additional dozers also were responding to the fire.

A hand crew had arrived at the Fowler property on top of Mt. Konocti just before 1 p.m. and was going to work on structure protection, according to scanner traffic.

Firefighters requested help keeping vehicles from going into the area. The California Highway Patrol was providing traffic control at Highway 29 and Highway 175 near the fire location. Traffic control also was needed at Konocti Road near Main Street in Kelseyville.

At about 12:45 p.m. Lake County Public Works said Konocti Road, at the base of Mt. Konocti – past Mt. Vista Middle School – was closed to all traffic due to the fire.

The closure will be in effect until further notice, with drivers asked to avoid the area while emergency fire personnel are trying to get equipment up the mountain.

The fire had made it onto county park land by early afternoon. The county owns more than 1,500 acres on top of the mountain, which makes up Mt. Konocti County Park.

Lake County Public Services reported that they had received word that the fire was moving toward Howard and Wright peaks, and that a wall of one of the park’s new restrooms had been scorched by the fire.

Ash from the fire was reported to be falling in the Kelseyville area, as well as in Lakeport and Upper Lake.

Additional details will be posted as they become available.

Email Elizabeth Larson at [email protected] . Follow her on Twitter, @ERLarson, or Lake County News, @LakeCoNews.

Firefighting staff gathered near the base of Mt. Konocti near Kelseyville, Calif., where a control burn had escaped and burned 300 acres by 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Photo by John Jensen.

Andi Gletty took this picture of the Mt. Konocti fire near Kelseyville, Calif., on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, from the corner of Highway 175 and Highway 29.

Jon Martinez took this picture of the fire on Mt. Konocti near Kelseyville, Calif., on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Joe Krause captured this photo of the fire on Mt. Konocti near Kelseyville, Calif., on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 , from Benmore Valley Ranch, off of the Hopland Grade.

An escaped control burn near Kelseyville, Calif., burned hundreds of acres within hours on Tuesday, January 22, 2013. Photo by Gail Salituri.

Eric Wheaton took this picture of an escaped control burn in the area of Red Hills Road near Kelseyville, Calif., on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

Shannon Nailor photographed the fire on Mt. Konocti near Kelseyville, Calif., on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

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A case of "I said," "Guest said..."
written by ca215, January 23, 2013
I said: The reason I'm asking is that I occasionally have to phone 911 due to heart issues.
Guest said: "The exception being 911 called from cell phones. In that case the CHP answers them. In Lake County CHP dispatch is in Ukiah."
Guest: Thank you for the info. So, if I need ambulance/ER help due to heart issues and I call 911 from my cellular phone which is the only phone I have, the call will be answered by someone at Highway Patrol in Ukiah? And then someone at Ukiah's Highway Patrol might or will (I'm not sure which is right) place a call to Clearlake's fire dept since I live in Clearlake. Right so far?
If UHP is indeed responsible for dealing with calls to 911 and the caller uses a cellular phone, it makes a slight bit of sense that the phone answering person might not have known the meaning of the word "Tachycardia."

Repeat: Being LOUDLY ordered to (quote) "Speak English!" makes a bit more sense now than it did at the time those few years ago when I mentioned the word "Tachycardia."
Yes I suppose it makes a sort of sense now. But I had been speaking English up to the time that the loud-voiced order was shouted into my ear; the rude response from 911 UHP person still seems unnecessary when a caller might be stressed enough without being shouted at.

written by ramcc, January 22, 2013
I also have heart issues. Get a Life Line thingy to hang around your neck. It goes straight through and help is here within a few minutes. Good luck. You get the Life Line when your primary care physician prescribes it for you directly to the company located at Ukiah.
A Guest
Amazing Coverage!
written by smoke, January 22, 2013
Amazing Coverage!
written by a guest, January 22, 2013
ca215. If Lake County follows the usual guidelines, the local law enforcement agencies are responsible for 911. Lakeport, Clearlake and the SO SHOULD answer the calls. Or the SO, being a larger agency might be responsible for answering all calls in Lake County. The exception being 911 called from cell phones. In that case the CHP answers them. In Lake County CHP dispatch is in Ukiah.

written by ca215, January 22, 2013
Several years ago I happened to be in Nice where I called 911 re: a fire racing uphill across the highway from Nice Frostie restaurant.
The uh person who answered the phone told me "Oh no...that's not right; there is a controlled burn in Clearlake but since you say you are in Nice there is no problem."
Myself: "Lady, I am LOOKing at the fire. Would you at least call Nice Fire Hall and ask the crew there to take a look?"
911 dispatch: "Hmph, oh alright."
The air which had smelled awfully of smoke soon filled with sound of sirens; by golly, the uh person at 911 Disp apparently decided to believe me...

In the several years since then I've heard that 911 dispatch for our area, basically Lake County, is in Sacramento. Mind boggling and I hope it's not true. Does anyone happen to know?
The reason I'm asking is that I occasionally have to phone 911 due to heart issues. When I heard that about "our" 911 being in Sacramento it just didn't make sense to me. Doesn't make sense now, either.
written by jmadison, January 22, 2013 is nice NOT to have to wait until the next day for information.
LCN, On top of News, AGAIN!!
written by Cltinman, January 22, 2013
Thanks so much for such a well covered story!!
Along with your photographers!! What a great "STAFF"!!!

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