LOWER LAKE, Calif. (KGO) — Firefighters are battling a raging wildfire that CAL FIRE officials say has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands to evacuate the Lower Lake area of Lake County. … “In a matter of 20 to 30 minutes you look around you and there’s black smoke and flames that are 30 feet tall and 12 different spots around you,” said Billy Caldwell, Lake County resident. Lake County resident Jay Jakubowski is using water from his pool to put out hot spots on his property. Earlier, he and his son used the pool as shelter from the oncoming flames. “How long were you in the pool?” asked ABC7’s Lilian Kim. “Just about 15-20 minutes or so, it got intense, smoke and the fire. It was blowing for a while here,” said Jakubowski. At least 4,000 people are under evacuation orders. But Leo Negrete and his son are among those who defied those orders, choosing to fight for their property instead. They hosed down the house and so far so good.