Monday, 04 March 2024

Arson investigators explore cause of Elem blaze

CLEARLAKE OAKS – Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a small, fast-moving wildland fire that was reported about an hour before a shooting at the Elem Indian Colony on Saturday evening.


It took firefighters about an hour to contain the fire, which was reported on Sulphur Bank Drive at about 6 p.m. Saturday, according to Northshore Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Pat Brown.


Fire response included three engines and two chief officers from Northshore Fire, mutual aid equipment from Cal Fire – including three engines, one dozer and a chief officer – and a mutual aid engine from Lake County Fire Protection District, Brown reported.


The fire started in the colony and burned towards the Bradley property, Brown said. The fast rate of fire spread was due to 20 mile per hour winds coming off of Clear Lake.


Shortly before 7 p.m., a shooting occurred at the colony. Brown said fire personnel were involved in firefighting operations and did not witness the incident.


A Northshore Fire advanced life support engine was pulled from the fire and responded to the shooting on a medical call, Brown said.


He referred further questions on the incident to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, which did not respond to inquiries on Sunday. For more on the shooting, see Clearlake Oaks man arrested for murder .


Clean up and mop up on the fire continued until 9 p.m., Brown said.

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