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The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors visiting regarding the latest wildfire losses. Supervisors reminded the victims of the Mendocino Lake Complex to go to the Local Assistance Center at Mendocino College. There, they can meet nonprofits and state and federal agencies to help with recovery. Homeowners can also borrow money from the Small Business Administration to repair or rebuild. County staff is preparing more ideas and suggestions for rebuilding along with regulations for or against letting victims somehow stay on or near their property during the rebuild. The fire burned more than 36,500 acres and is currently 80% contained.

A major fundraiser is planned to benefit fire victims from Redwood and Potter Valleys. The Redwood Empire Fair’s executive director says they’ve met with organizers to discuss the November 4th event at the fairgrounds. She says there will be music, dancing and food and drinks. They’re calling the event Mendocino Strong Together. Money will also be raised thru a silent and live auction with proceeds going to North Coast Opportunities. They’re now looking for businesses and others to donate to the auctions. They say they especially want to see trips and excursions, hotel and house stays, game tickets and special occasion wine and spirits, but not art, because it’s hard to sell. Donations are being accepted until November 1st.

707-468-3164 to donate or for more information.

Cleanup is already starting after the Sulphur Fire in Lake County. The county has requested the California Department of Toxic Substances Control begin the initial phase of removing household hazardous waste. Lake Co News reports Lake County Environmental Health and the Department of Toxic Substances Control are working with property owners to begin the process. First state workers will go to burned properties to take out household hazardous wastes. There is no cost to property owners. The waste has to be handled differently then fire debris. They say residents should leave household hazardous waste in place, like products with toxic chemicals, including products labeled caution, warning, danger, poison, toxic, flammable or corrosive are considered hazardous. For more info call the Lake County Environmental Health Dept.

A fire that broke out in Clearlake has burned another house. Firefighters were in the area already working on the Sulphur fire so they got there and put this new fire down yesterday. It happened around 4 PM on Sixth Street between Oak and Bush streets. When firefighters arrived they found the double wide fully involved, and they say they had a hard time due to downed power lines. Eight engines responded due to the potential for spot fires. The fire chief says they knocked it down fast and crews went back to work on the Sulphur fire, which Cal Fire reports is 94-percent contained.

A man from Hidden Valley Lake has been arrested after cops say he tried to kill his girlfriend. Police say they first thought the woman overdosed, so she was taken to the hospital, where an exam showed a bullet fragment or other foreign body in her skull. Marcus Iano was arrested last Friday night. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports Iano and his mom took the victim to the hospital, then left, but came back later. The victim was flown to another hospital for treatment and Major Crimes Detectives arrested Iano for attempted murder, mayhem and torture. He’s held on $1.5 million dollars bail. Deputies say the victim was still alive yesterday, but it’s not yet known if she’s going to live.

An exhausting firefight seems to be finally slowing as firefighters are near containment of some of Northern California’s most destructive and deadly fires, while others still burn across the state. Thousands more evacuees got to go home yesterday and others are getting close to being able to go back to their burned neighborhoods. 42,300 residents were allowed back, mostly in Santa Rosa. The number of dead went up yesterday, to 42, 23 in Sonoma County, up from 22 a day before. Evacuation orders have also been lifted in areas of Napa County too. Santa Rosa officials say they need help from the state. They’ve got public meetings planned for residents of Sonoma and Santa Rosa today at: 1 PM at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building and 6 PM at Santa Rosa High School.

1,000 more Pacific Gas & Electric customers got their power back on. Now just 3,600 people have no lights in fire burned areas. Gas crews also turned service back on for 1,500 in Sonoma County, but there were still 10,000 without service. PG&E says they should have everyone back online sometime today.

The fires in Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa have destroyed nearly 7,000 homes and caused more than $3 billion dollars in damage. Cal Fire has a damage inspection team in the area to methodically confirm every destroyed structure. As of Tuesday, they’d been thru about half of the fire zone.

Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park has reopened after more than a week closed down and Santa Rosa Junior College is planning to reopen on Monday. There were hundreds of students in the Sonoma State Student Center last night with first responders to thank them and celebrate getting back on campus. The campus was in the fire’s path, flames apparently inching up to a quarter mile away. The Press Democrat reports more than 50 members of the Sonoma State community, including faculty, staff and students, had lost homes in the fires including the school president who lost her home in the devastated Fountaingrove area this past Monday. The university has set up part of the library for victims who need help with insurance, to get counseling services and process emergency withdrawals from staff members’ retirement funds.

Help from the state is requested by Santa Rosa. The city council meeting this morning to draft a formal request after the Tubbs Fire turned entire neighborhoods to ash. The special meeting with only this on their agenda, the city with the formal request for the California State Office of Emergency Services to manage the cleanup of hazardous waste and debris out of about 3,000 homes and businesses. This follows the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors which filed a similar request.

In Lake County safety officials are spreading the word to Sulphur Fire victims what to do before turning appliances back on. The town halls that have been held this week had representatives from local fire districts, Cal Fire, PG&E, and AmeriGas showing or reminding about safety measures that need to be taken seriously after the fire. PG&E had 150 personnel out working on downed lines earlier this week. They brought the power back on outside the fire perimeter, working with Cal Fire. They say they’re still assessing damage and have base camps set up in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties too. In all areas, there were as many as 359,000 customers without power and 42,000 without gas.

There’s a general district election in Lake County. The Lake County Registrar Of Voters Office is reminding voters the November 7th General District Election is not a countywide election and is only for two districts tht include the Kelseyville Fire Protection District and Upper Lake County Water District. You need to be registered to vote by Monday, October 23rd to participate. For anyone who has lost their home in the recent fires, you can use your pre-fire residence address if you want to vote.

The number of dead has gone up in the Northern Calif. fires to 42. A new report says California can expect more megafires too. Researchers from the National Wildlife Federation say in parts of California, fire season is now 50 days longer than it was back in 1979, and further predicts some areas will start to see year-round fire seasons. Howard Penn, with the nonprofit Conservation and Planning League, says suburban sprawl has led millions of Californians to move into areas at high risk for fire.

Cut 43345 :15 "We’re having more structures and more lives lost in these types of wildfires because we have more growth into the wildfire areas. We need to be more strategic and more thoughtful about how we grow and how we build in those areas – or not build in those areas."

Tag: The report also blames dry conditions linked to climate change and calls for more funding for prescribed burns that clear out the excess of dry brush that grew after last winter’s unusually wet weather.

Second Cut: Shannon Heyck-Williams, a climate and energy policy adviser for the National Wildlife Federation, says Congress needs to designate a special disaster fund for megafires just as we do for hurricanes – because right now the Forest Service is forced to fight them by raiding funds meant for recreation, forest restoration and wildlife management.

Cut 44345 :12 "Wildfires are demanding a huge amount of resources to try and keep under control. The U.S. Forest Service is spending about $1 billion a year fighting blazes, which is over half the agency’s budget, and that number is growing quickly."

Tag 1: The report finds that more than 8-point-5 million acres have burned in the United States so far this year, and the area burned annually in the Southwest has increased by 12-hundred percent over the past 40 years.


As cleanup begins in fire-damaged neighborhoods, Lake County Environmental Health says they, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, will soon start collecting household hazardous waste from homes burned in the Sulphur Fire. Household hazardous waste has to be handled separately from other burn debris and can’t go into local landfills so they are doing this free of charge in order to get it out. This includes unused or leftover things labeled Caution, Warning, Flammable or Corrosive like paint, automotive liquids, cleaners, fertilizers, pesticides and propane tanks less than 30 gallons. They ask that you leave it in place in its current container to be collected. Call Lake County Environmental Health with questions.

Airdrops have resumed on the Bear Fire in Santa Cruz County after they had to be suspended for three hours this morning when a drone was spotted flying in the area. Operating a drone during a disaster is against the law as it puts the pilots in danger and the Sheriff’s Office was searching for whoever was running it. When operations were suspended the Bear Fire was about 10 percent contained.

In the midst of all the fire activity, the Mendocino County Clerk-Assessor says Vote By Mail Ballots went out last week, on October 10, for the November 7 Election. If you normally vote by mail, also known as absentee, and have not gotten your ballot by Monday, October 23, call the County Clerk-Assessors Office to arrange a replacement ballot. Ballots must be mailed back and received by 5 p.m. October 31.

A Hidden Valley Lake man has been arrested for attempted murder after he brought his girlfriend into Adventist Health Hospital Clearlake. Marcus Iano and his mother, Susan Iano, brought the woman in on Friday night and reported she’d had an overdose. But hospital workers detected something in her brain, possibly a bullet, and she was flown to an out-of-area hospital. Lake County Detectives searched Marcus Iano’s home and arrested him for Attempted Murder. He was being held on $1,500,000 bail. The Sheriff’s Office said as of this afternoon (Weds) the victim was alive but doctors didn’t know if she would recover.

New fires have started in Northern California after more than 200-thousand acres were already blackened by the fires that started a couple weeks ago. Fire officials report on a fire in the Santa Cruz mountains which burned more than 270 acres and five firefighters were injured. The fire’s only 5% contained and has burned 4 structures. In Sausalito, a couple fires started by the 101 Freeway. There were evacuations in all the new fires, but in Sausalito, they got to go home. Another brush fire in the East Bay, in Dublin where city officials told people to shelter in place, the fire burned 100 acres. And a fire in Southern Calif. burning near the historic Mt. Wilson observatory burned 30 acres, and some nearby residents had to be evacuated. All of this as Cal Fire continues fighting fires to the North where 41 people died and dozens are still reported missing.

As many as 100 animals are still at the Mendocino County Animal Shelter that were either turned in or lost during the Mendocino Lake Complex fire. The shelter says most are considered stray because they don’t know who their owners are. They have 56 dogs, 37 cats, 2 birds, 2 guinea pigs and 3 goats. You can see pictures of all of the animals at the shelter’s Facebook page. A vet’s been on duty everyday during the emergency checking on the animals. The shelter already adopted out animals there before the fire and some other nearby shelters took some of the animals there too.

The Mendocino Lake Complex Fire is 71 percent contained now. The county CEO says even though they worked thru the initial disaster, it’s still going on. The Daily Journal reports at one point 8,000 people were evacuated. Nearly 500 structures burned and 8 people died in the fire. There’s a new recovery director on the fires, Tammy Moss Chandler, the director of the HHSA. Starting next week, the Department of Toxic Substances Control will visit burned out areas and conduct safety assessments which could take up to two weeks. The north coast Congressman Jared Huffman was in town this week and spoke to the Board of Supervisors, saying he’s ready to help…

Arrests made during fires in Northern Calif… Lake Co News reports police have not arrested that many people in the area of the Sulphur Fire which burned in Clearlake. There were mandatory evacuations in place and police say they did find some looting and prowling around empty homes. Cops were patrolling after residents left their homes and five people were taken in… Zanetta Phillips, arrested for being in a closed disaster area and prowling, Ernesto Alvarez for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic syringe, Ashley King for an arrest warrant, Toll Rainey Jr., for five arrest warrants and Ronald Wardall, also for an arrest warrant. One other guy in Clearlake Park was arrested for being in a closed disaster area and possession of a controlled substance, Frank McAllen. No reports of arrests so far in Mendocino County. 35 people have been arrested in Sonoma County including 17 by the Sheriff’s office and 18 by Santa Rosa Police.

Many allowed back to their homes in Sonoma County after everyone in Mendocino and Lake Counties were allowed to go home. Some weren’t allowed to their neighborhoods for safety reasons. Tens of thousands of people were out of their homes at one point. The most dangerous of them all, the Tubbs fire killed at least 22 people, spreading from Calistoga to Santa Rosa, charring more than 36,000 acres, it’s 87 percent contained now. The Nuns fire had two sides burning in Sonoma and Napa counties and burned nearly 53,000 acres and is 78 percent contained. Rain is also in the forecast tomorrow so full containment is expected by Friday. Crews are still out beating back flames in the Mount St. Helena area of Napa County, in mountains east of Sonoma Valley and near Geyserville in Sonoma County. The Oakmont Fire is still considered dangerous and active, just outside Kenwood. 8 people died in the Mendocino Lake Complex, including 14 year old Kai Shepherd, 88 year old Irma Elsie Bowman and Elsie’s 87 year old husband, Roy. The largest fire in Napa County, the Atlas Fire is at 80 percent containment after burning 51-thousand acres.

One of the hospitals in Sonoma County that had to be closed and evacuated during the first weekend of the massive Northern Calif fires, has reopened. Sutter Santa Rosa Regional reopened yesterday. The Press Democrat reports there was still a faint smell of smoke in the hospital as the hospital reopened for the first time since the Tubbs Fire forced the closure. Some of the patients, including eight babies that were in the NICU were coming back yesterday. Six patients were discharged and 2 were transferred to a hospital in San Francisco. All services at the hospital outside of elective surgeries were back yesterday. They will start back with elective surgeries tomorrow.

The U-S Environmental Protection Agency is headed to Northern Calif. to oversee fire cleanup. A massive job in Sonoma County as more than 6,500 homes were lost and an estimated 3 billion dollars of damage. Officials say there will be no expense to property owners of burned homes. The EPA’s managing the first phase including removing toxic materials from thousands of properties, including batteries, paint, solvents, flammable liquids, electronic waste and possible asbestos-laden items. CalRecyle will come in after the EPA to remove non-toxic waste such as ash, burned concrete, metal and contaminated soil. After that, as we’ve experienced with major fires in Lake County over the last few years, residents get a certificate telling them their property was cleaned and they can apply for building permits. The state will bill insurance companies for cleanup. Folks with or without insurance will not have to cover any costs. The state Dept of Toxic Substances Control will handle the first phase in Mendocino, Lake, Yuba, Nevada and Butte counties.

The name of the latest person to be killed, related to the devastating wildfires in Northern Calif. has been released. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office says volunteer firefighter, 38-year-old Garrett Paiz was killed in a crash on the way to a privately owned water tender on the Oakville Grade Monday morning. This brings the confirmed number of dead to 37, 22 in Sonoma County, 7 in Napa County and 8 in Mendocino County.

Once again the Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa is helping wildfire victims. After the Sulphur Fire in Clearlake, the General Manager of the resort says they’re opening their doors to county residents who’ve lost everything. Apparently the county asked the resort for help and they agreed. So if you’ve lost your home and have insurance or help from FEMA, they will arrange for shelter or they will take $1,000 per month rent. You will have to be screened to assure safety for all those staying at the resort. The rent includes 24 hour/7 security, water, sewer, electricity, propane, telephone, cable TV and more.

The Local Assistance Center in Clearlake mobbed on the first day for Sulphur Fire victims. More than 100 people were at the Clearlake Senior Community Center as they opened on day one. The center is thru a partnership with the City of Clearlake, County of Lake, and state and national services and organizations. 60 agencies in all were helping victims. It’s the third year in row after the Valley and Clayton Fires. The center will be open daily from 9 AM to 7 PM until this Saturday.

A local health emergency’s been declared by the Lake County Department of Health Services due to the Sulphur Fire. This after examining the area which burned down 134 buildings. So the Lake County Health Services Officer prepared the emergency declaration to get help from the state. The Board of Supervisors then has to agree so that more resources can be brought in. It’s been something that’s been happening routinely since 2015 when the Valley Fire broke out. The proclamation went into effect after the Board of Supervisors approved it Tuesday related to the Sulphur Fire, but it has to be reaffirmed every 2 weeks.

Local Assistance Centers are open to help folks with fire-related issues such as food, clothing, temporary housing, medical appointments, pet care and more. There’s one at the Mendocino College Gym open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the next two weeks. There’s another at the Clearlake Senior Community Center open today through Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

PG&E is continuing to relight gas to residents in Redwood Valley. Crews are working to relight the final 400 customers who can accept gas, and plan to visit every home by the end of today (Tuesday). If you miss them, call 1-800-743-5000 to have them schedule a relight.

Two people have been arrested for stealing from fire evacuees. Santa Rosa Police say they arrested a man after residents saw his pickup truck parked near the storage building of their group home in Rincon Valley. Hope Village was evacuated October 9th and when folks returned Sunday they saw the strange truck and then discovered the suspect had taken several of their washer-and-dryer units and two TVs. He was arrested on suspicion of burglary, looting, and drug crimes. A Petaluma woman was arrested Monday after a victim found fraudulent charges on her bank account. Police tracked down the suspect and found IDs, credit cards and checkbooks taken from evacuees staying in shelters and left behind in burned neighborhoods.

A felony DUI charge has filed for an October 8th crash in Fort Bragg. It happened around 2am on S. Main Street at State Route 20 where witnesses told police Richard Mack had been going around 100 mph when he slammed his car into Kyle Jaworski’s. Jaworski’s car rolled three times and ended up on it’s roof, but he was able to get himself out. After submitting to a breath test, Mack was arrested at the scene for felony DUI causing injury. Police are looking into other possibly related reckless driving incident before this crash and would like to talk to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area that night.

Local Assistance Centers are open to help folks with fire-related issues such as food, clothing, temporary housing, medical appointments, pet care and more. There is one at the Mendocino College gym open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the next two weeks. There’s another in Clearlake at the Clearlake Senior Community Center open today through Saturday from 11am to 7pm.

Cal Fire says the Redwood Valley Fire has burned nearly 36,000 acres and is 60% contained with firefighters patrolling for hot spots on one side of the fire and building up the fire lines around another side. The Sheriff’s Office reminds you there are still “evacuation warnings” for the Van Aresdale area of Potter Valley so residents there need to stay alert.

PG&E is continuing to relight gas to residents in Redwood Valley. Crews are working to relight the final 400 customers who can accept gas, and plan to visit every home by the end of today. If you miss their visit, call 1-800-743-5000 to have them return and schedule a relight.

There is rain on the way, which should give firefighters a bit of a break. The National Weather Service reporting wet weather headed our way by the end of the week, potentially hitting Thursday night. They also say there could be some snow in the mountains and temperatures that are 10 to 15 degrees cooler than usual for this time of year. The highs could still be in the upper 70’s, to low 80’s, but overnight lows could get down to the mid-30s in some areas.

All mandatory evacuations orders in Mendocino County are over. The Sheriff’s Office says there are still “evacuation warnings” in some parts of Potter Valley so residents need to stay alert. All of Willits is clear now too. Cal Fire says the Redwood Valley Fire, part of the larger Mendocino Lake Complex burned nearly 36,000 acres and is 55% contained. Fire officials say they’re still patrolling for hot spots on one side of the fire and building up the fire lines around another side of the fire. Also, a Local Assistance Center is opened now in the gym at Mendocino College with state, local and federal representatives there offering help. There’s food, clothes and help with temporary housing and medical appointments. They’re open starting today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily for the next two weeks.

During the fires in Mendocino County, the Redwood Valley Grange was helping residents. There was a room for tots with toys and games and volunteers helping children away from the smell of smoke. The grange was opened by a member and resident of the community who says she wanted to give back, even though she was evacuated. Other volunteers brought food and their own garden goodies for evacuees. There were also brown bag lunches for folks who needed them. The grange also had informal counselors, massage therapists and more. Yesterday they had nonprofits at the Grange to help victims sign up for certain needed services. The grange is open 10 AM to 6:30 PM.

Thousands of residents from Sonoma County are back home or have been able to head back to see what’s left as fires still burn in the county east of Santa Rosa and above Geyserville. But the mandatory evacuations have been lifted for many in Santa Rosa and parts of Sonoma. These are homes that are still standing, while others are not being let back in yet, for safety reasons. The Press Democrat reports some saying they’re frustrated because they don’t know if they even have a home to return to. Firefighters are still trying to stomp out the last of the hot spots and are still fighting back flames in some areas. More than 101,000 acres burned in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The fires in Northern Calif. as a whole have killed 41 people, including 22 in Sonoma and 8 in Mendocino counties. There are still 88 people missing.

The most devastating fire in Sonoma County, the Tubbs fire, blackened more than 36,000 acres and is 75 percent contained. Still burning in Sonoma County, the Nuns fire, burned 51,500 acres and is 53 percent contained. A newer fire, the Oakmont, has burned just over 1,000 acres east of Highway 12. It’s only 16 percent contained and is said to be merging with the Nuns fire. And the Pocket fire just outside of Geyserville, has burned about 12,430 and was 45 percent contained.

The Redwood Valley fire in Mendocino County burned 36,000 acres and more than half of it is surrounded by fire lines. 8 people were killed in the fire and 436 homes were destroyed, and in the Sulphur fire.

PG&E working to restore power and gas to more than 14,000 customers in Sonoma County, down about 3,000 customers from Monday. They said they’d have all of the electric customers back online last night, but gas would still be out for some until tomorrow night.

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s the only trauma center for miles in Sonoma County. Kaiser and Sutter Santa Rosa were evacuated last week. Sutter should reopen today. Santa Rosa Memorial reporting getting about twice the amount of patients they normally would over the last week. They say they had widespread personal losses. There were 400 patients in for treatment of respiratory problems and they treated 60 for burns. There were five serious burn victims who had to be transferred to other hospitals. On a lighter note, they also delivered 36 babies during the week.

Some wineries and vineyards have been lost in the Northern Calif. fires. The Press Democrat reports grape growers and winemakers trying to get back into their properties to salvage fruit that may have survived the fires and save the grapes that were already crushed. The newspaper reports Sonoma and Napa agriculture commissioners along with law enforcement are trying to help get vintners to sites in evacuated areas, mainly in Sonoma and Alexander valleys in Sonoma County and the Atlas Peak region in Napa County which were all devastated. The highest priority for visits to properties were winemakers in the Sonoma Valley and growers in the Alexander Valley. Apparently there’s millions of dollars worth of fruit still hanging on the vines at just one of the wineries. But the paper reports most of the North Coast grapes had been harvested before the fires started. They also report most of the wineries were not damaged, but 10 were flattened by fire or had major damage.

Some of the nonprofits helping fire victims in Sonoma County say they prefer cash or gift cards instead of food and clothing. The Santa Rosa Corps of the Salvation Army says they prefer donors purchase or donate gift cards. And the Santa Rosa Fire Department is requesting gift cards to distribute to adults and children now homeless or impacted by the fires. Same with the Red Cross, preferring checks be sent to the American Red Cross California Northwest in Santa Rosa. Also at the Redwood Empire Food Bank, they too are requesting financial donations, or nonperishable, nutritious food items they can deliver to victims. Some of the preferred items are microwave oatmeal, granola and granola bars, trail mix, jerky, pureed vegetables for toddlers, soups and stews in cans with pull tabs, fruit cups and Ensure for seniors and children.

Rain is on the way. The National Weather Service reports a reprieve for the fires and smoke in Northern Calif. The National Weather Service’s Sacramento branch reporting wet weather headed our way by the end of the week, potentially hitting Thursday night and continuing into Friday. They also say there could be some snow in the mountains and temperatures that are 10 to 15 degrees cooler than usual, this time of year. The highs could still be in the upper 70’s, to low 80’s, but overnight lows could get down to the mid-30s in some areas.

Firefighters have been able to turn the corner on the Mendocino Lake Complex. The complex of fires in the two counties is inching up to the 60% containment mark. Cal Fire has it pegged at 57% containment. They let the last of the evacuees in Mendocino County go home too. The fires made up of the Redwood Valley and Sulphur Fires are not growing. They’ve burned just over 38,000 acres, the Redwood Fire burned close to 36,000 and the Sulphur, just over 2,200. The fires both started about a week and a half ago during a major windstorm. 8 people died in the fires. The Sheriff allowed those who were evacuated in Mendocino County to go back to their homes, or what had been. The total loss at 436, 300 in the Redwood Fire and 136 in the Sulphur fire.

The Central LNU Complex Fires in Sonoma and Napa counties as they’re being called have burned over 101,400 acres. The complex includes the massive Tubbs fire, which burned more than 36,400 acres. It’s now 75-percent contained; the Sonoma Nuns fire, which burned 33,400 acres, and the Napa Nuns fire, which burned more than 18,000 acres. The total containment on those two was at 53 percent; the Pocket fire burned 12,430 acres and is 45-percent contained; and the Oakmont fire, the newest in that complex, burned almost 1,030 acres and is only 16-percent contained. In the Central LNU Complex, altogether, 4,078 structures burned. Then there’s the Southern LNU Complex in Napa and Solano counties which burned 51,064 acres and is 70-percent contained. That complex burned 360 structures.

A man fromSanta Rosa has been arrested for looting out of a closed group home in Rincon Valley. Police say James Rosado swiped some appliances and TV sets from the building which was evacuated. Witnesses apparently saw the guy in a pickup back up to a building with stored items and laundry facilities and confronted him, but he sped off. They got a picture of his license plate though and cops found he had several washer and dryer units, two flat screen TV’s and a ShopVac. They say they also found meth for sale. He’s booked into the Sonoma County Jail.

Folks in the Potter Valley community of Van Aresdale north of the Stroh Ranch (also known as John Day Hill) are being allowed back home. This includes Van Aresdale Rd, Oat Gap Rd, Ridgewood Rd, and all feeder roads; Please note the evacuation orders have been lifted but an evacuation warning remains in place.

Several areas have also had their evacuation warnings cancelled: Potter Valley south of the Stroh Ranch, Redwood Valley and all areas of Willits have all had evacuation warnings lifted.

For Lake County, the evacuation warnings and advisories have been lifted for Lake Pillsbury and Middletown, but the following road closures remain in effect:

SR 29
Western Mine Road At Highway 29
Highway 29 At Bradford Road

Some areas may have safety checks at certain roads with personal protective equipment available as well as safety information. It is highly recommended that you wear protective clothing as you enter your neighborhood and your home.

For Mendocino, food waste dumpsters will be available all week from 12pm to 5pm at:

1. Redwood Valley Elementary School on School Way

2. Potter Valley Rodeo Grounds

3. Willits at the WISC center on East Valley Street

A Sulphur Fire local assistance center will open Tuesday in Clearlake. From Tuesday until Saturday, Oct. 21, the city of Clearlake and Lake County will partner with community, state, and national service and relief organizations to provide a one-stop local assistance center at the Clearlake Senior Community Center. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will have a wide array of services including help getting food, medical care, advice on housing, replacement copies of vital records, pet care, and much more. For more information, call Clearlake City Hall.

Some remaining evacuated residents of the Tomki Road area are going home.

Redwood Valley folks can come back to the Cave Creek Subdivision including Scenic Driver, Appaloosa Way, and Cave Creek Rd and all the feeder roads. Keep in mind while the Evacuation Orders for these areas are lifted, they remain under an Evacuation Warning.

For Willits, Evacuation Warnings have been lifted for all areas with the exception of Pine Mountain Subdivision, which remains under an Evacuation Warning.

For Lake County the Evacuation Warning has been lifted for all areas within the Lake Pillsbury Basin.

The following road closures are in effect:

· Ridgeway Hwy at Oat Gap Rd

· Eel River Rd at Old Logging Rd

· Eel River South of Stroh Ranch

The following safety checkpoints are in effect: 

· Old Boy Scout Road at Ridgewood Rd 

· Tomki Rd at East/West Rd 

· Tomki Rd at the 1st creek crossing North of Redwood Valley 

· Bear Canyon Rd at Mariposa Creek Rd 
Traffic Advisory 

· Please use East Rd and Laughlin Way to access the repopulation area to avoid impacts to the Eagle Peak Middle School 

They remind you to be sure to make any necessary notifications to your insurance company before moving any damaged or destroyed property.

The Redwood Fire is 50% contained and the Sulphur Fire 85%.

FEMA registration has begun for Mendocino and Lake county residents with damage or loss from the fires. You must primarily live or work in the properties to get the assistance. They are also offering low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that can cover losses your insurance carrier won’t cover. And they say you should register even if your insurance does cover some your losses, just to be sure, as these programs can sometimes fill the gaps.

A firefighter has been killed after losing control of a water-tender truck on a steep Napa County road this morning. Officials say the contract firefighter working on the Nuns Fire lost control around 7 a.m. on Oakville Grade as he was heading downhill on Highway 29 to refill. Oakville Grade is described as one of the steepest roads in Napa County but investigators are looking into what caused the driver to lose control.

FEMA registration has begun for Mendocino, Lake, Butte, and Yuba county residents with damage or loss from the fires that started October 8th and in some cases, are still burning. An amendment to a presidential disaster declaration allows for federal assistance for those who own property and businesses in Butte, Lake, Napa, Mendocino, Sonoma and Yuba counties. You must primarily live or work in the properties to get the assistance. They are offering low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) which can cover losses your insurance carrier won’t cover. Grants do not need to be repaid. They say you should register even if your insurance does cover your losses, just to be sure.

The Little River Band of Pomo Indians helping each other in the Redwood Valley Complex, now known as the Mendocino Lake Complex of fires. The tribal chair says her grandson happened to be awake when the fire first started, so neighbors went knocking on doors, waking people as the first Reverse 911 call came. People stayed at the Rancheria to help save homes. They lost three. And the Coyote Valley Band of Pomos helped displaced families and provided food. 8 people have been killed in the Mendocino Lake Complex which has burned just over 38 thousand acres and is 47% contained. They expect full containment by November 1st. 433 homes have been destroyed and 21 others were damaged.

The Sulphur Fire, part of the Mendocino Lake Complex is nearly out. The fire that started in Clearlake Oaks and burned into Clearlake has burned just over 2,200 acres, and is 80% contained. Firefighters made a lot of progress on this and the Mendocino Lake Complex over the weekend. Firefighters are continuing to mop up and patrol the Sulphur Fire this week. The Redwood Valley Fire continues gaining containment with fire lines holding on the Southeast and Southwest perimeter as firefighters patrol for hot spots. There are still 900 people displaced from their homes. The Redwood Valley Fire has burned almost 36,000 acres and is 45% contained, with total containment expected in two weeks.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors begins talking about recovery from the latest devastating fire, this time, the Sulphur Fire. The board meeting tomorrow which can also be streamed online thru the county website. The board will jump right in after the start of the meeting to talk about Sulphur fire response and recovery. The fire, part of a larger complex that burned into Mendocino County, has burned more than 2,200 acres and burned 168 structures. It’s expected to be fully contained this week. The Lake County Health Officer will present the board a proclamation of a local health emergency and the board will be considering an urgency ordinance so there’s no price gouging in the home rental market.

Some Mendocino County residents report phone scams after the latest devastating fires. The Sheriff’s office reports people reporting calls to help with financial aid for fire victims, but in reality, it was scam to try to get personal information from victims, including their social security numbers. The public is reminded the Sheriff’s office wouldn’t make this kind of call, asking for personal information for purposes of identity theft.

The massive fires that are burning in Sonoma and Napa Counties, the Central LNU Complex of fires still burning out of control, but firefighters reported raising the containment lines. The fires have charred more than 106,000 acres, destroyed nearly 4,000 structures and threaten another 25,000. 22 people have been killed in the fires. The complex includes the Nuns Fire, Tubbs Fire, Pocket Fire, and the Oakmont Fire. The Cal Fire Incident Commander says things are more optimistic, but they’re staying cautious as conditions could change on a dime. The complex said to be the most active around Red Hill and Mount Saint Helena. Middletown is still under evacuation advisory, not mandatory.

4 more victims of the fires in Sonoma County have been identified, adding to the number who’ve died, 40 so far in the Northern Calif. fires. 14 of 22 people in Sonoma County have been identified as the search continues for those still missing.

The latest numbers on the fires in Northern Calif., 6,700 structures destroyed and more than $3 billion in losses. Fire officials say they made headway over the weekend though with improved conditions, so some evacuation orders were lifted, in Calistoga and parts of the Larkfield-Wikiup neighborhood north of Santa Rosa. The evacuation orders in Healdsburg are also over. The Tubbs fire was apparently the most destructive and is now 60 percent contained. The Nuns fire did some damage over the weekend, gutting homes in Sonoma under 2 miles away from the historic Plaza. The fire being called the deadliest and most destructive in state history. More than 106,000 acres in Sonoma County, including near Geyserville and Santa Rosa have burned and 22 people are dead.

The Pocket fire near Geyserville is 30 percent contained and a newer fire, the Oakmont fire across Highway 12 from Oakmont, has 15 percent containment.

102,000 residents in Sonoma County have been displaced by the fires so far.

Almost all Pacific Gas and Electric customers should have their power restored. The utility co. says they should have everyone back with power today, and says they’ve already restored 92% of those who lost power and gas in the fires. There were still more than 20,000 without power and gas last night.

Fire officials were warning residents in St. Helena to be ready to evacuate due to fires, but it was not mandatory. The mayor just telling residents late yesterday afternoon to be ready to leave on short notice. The Nuns Fire burning west of St. Helena.

In Novato, a vegetation fire starts, so evacuations are ordered there. The fire along Highway 101 as the fire quickly spread in brush. But the fire was contained quickly. All of the mandatory evacuations in Solano County have been lifted but only evacuated residents are being let into the town. There are many still without power so the area closed to non-residents. The area hit by the Atlas Fire which burned more than 51,000 acres and is now 65 percent contained.

An area’s been set up for Mendocino County residents to bring in spoiled food after fire related power outages. You can take the items to the Old Redwood Valley School and Potter Valley Rodeo Grounds from noon to 5 p.m.

A newer fire in Sonoma County causing concern, it’s across Highway 12 from Oakmont, and it’s referred to as the Oakmont Fire. It blew up over the weekend and is said to be a priority for Cal Fire. The fire had only burned 550 acres by last night, but was only 15% contained.

Fire officials were allowing some residents in Redwood Valley, Willits and Potter Valley to go home after being evacuated. The areas south of Tomki Road from the intersection with East/West Road in Redwood Valley is allowing residents re-entry. In Willits, the Pine Mountain subdivision and between Eastside Road and Tomki Road south of Canyon Road is also reopened. In Potter Valley, west of the Gibson Lane and Hawn Creek Road intersection, and west of the Busch Lane and North Busch Road at that intersection is being repopulated. Shale Lane north of Potter Valley Road was also be reopened yesterday morning for residents.

Some Southern Redwood Valley resident are being allowed home. The Evacuation Orders for these areas are lifted, but they still remain under an Evacuation Warning:

1. West Road south of and including Laughlin Way
2. Laughlin Way south of Bakers Creek
3. East Road south of Held Road
4. Road I to Colony Drive (excluding Madrone Lane)
5. East of US-101
6. North of Highway 20
7. West of Ricetti Lane at the entrance of Black Bart Trail

There are still hard road closures in place at the following locations:

1. Laughlin Way at Bakers Creek Road
2. Laughlin Way at West Road
3. East Road at Held Road
4. Madrone Lane at Road I
5. Colony Drive at Road I
6. Ricetti Lane at the entrance to Black Bart Trail

In Lake County, the mandatory evacuation order for the Sulphur Fire areas has been lifted but there will be a 7pm to 7am curfew in effect in the areas that are still without power.

Residents who live on the north side of Mendocino Street should use North Drive. Residents who live on the south side of North Drive should use Lakeshore drive. Residents who live south of Plumas can use Lakeshore Drive.

Residents who live past Plumas should use the North Drive access

Both Mendocino and Lake Officials say to use extreme caution as fire and utility crews are still working and there are many downed trees and other hazards. And be prepared to evacuate again on short notice.

Mendocino County is holding a Community meeting today at 6:30 p.m. at Ukiah High School. The same meeting will also be broadcast live at the Willits Community Center and Agency representatives will also be there to answer questions.

The Mendocino County Coroner’s Division has identified three of the eight people known so far to have died during the Mendocino Lake Complex Fire: 14-year-old Kai Logan Shepherd was found near his home on West Road in Redwood Valley; he had apparently been trying to run from the fire. 87 year-old Roy Howard Bowman and his wife 88-year-old Irma Elsie Bowman were found in the burnt remains of their home on Fisher Lake Drive.