This Monday morning, August 15th, Lake Transit has suspended all regular transit services due to the local emergency declared during the Clayton fire in the Lower Lake area. Lake Transit is providing emergency paratransit service and is standing by to assist with evacuations as needed.
On Sunday afternoon, August 14th, Lake Transit evacuated its Lower Lake headquarters facility due to the fast approaching Clayton fire. As buses were evacuated from the yard, some were sent on missions to evacuate patients from St. Helena Hospital – Clearlake, and still others were sent to evacuate residents of “The Avenues” area of Clearlake, east of State Route 53. As the evening fell, evacuees were being transported from the Highlands Senior Center to the emergency center in Kelseyville and elsewhere. While the fire burned up to the clear area around the Lake Transit bus yard, the facility appears to be safe thanks to the efforts of fire fighters who defended the perimeter. While the facility is safe, land line phone service and electricity is shut down. We anticipate disruption of telephone information and dispatch operations on Monday, so please be patient if you need to contact us.
Dial “911” if you have a transportation emergency. For all other questions related to public transit, please check www.laketransit. org for frequent service updates, or call (707) 900-1114 and leave a message. Lake Transit will respond to messages as resources are available.
Lake Transit will restore regular service as quickly as possible based on fire conditions and when roads are reopened.
Our first priority is community safety. We are thankful for the opportunity to serve.