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The Rocky Fire has burned thru 67-thousand acres w/20% containment. The fire’s the biggest of several in the state with Cal Fire and Fire experts saying the behavior of the fire is unprecedented because of the drought. Several communities and roads evacuated and closed, too many to list here. Please check our Facebook page and website. On Monday the fire jumped Highway 20 and spotted in several places. 81 structures have burned, 39 homes and 52 outbuildings and Cal Fire reports four damaged structures. There are still as many as 6,900 structures threatened and 13,000 people have been evacuated from 5,500 residences. The Fire’s also reached into Colusa and Yolo counties, where some evacuations are reportedly happening too. Cal Fire reminding residents to leave who’ve disregarded previous calls to evacuate. More resources have come to the fire the last few days with nearly 3,500 firefighters, two military C-130s from the California Air National Guard are there for air drops too. Near full containment is predicted for next Monday, Aug. 10th.

Fire behavior experts say they’ve never seen anything like the Rocky Fire burning in Lake County. They say the fire is like a living being, creating its own weather pattern. There are more than 3,400 firefighters from across California on the fire. Cooler temps and some rain helped a bit yesterday, but dry thunder storms were forecasted in parts of Northern Calif. The fire grew by 20,000 acres in a five hour period Saturday. It also jumped containment lines on Highway 20, north of Clearlake Monday. The White House reported President Obama watching the progress of the fire. The fire baffling those who regular work on fires, some saying they’d never seen fire behavior like this. The fire was burning toward the Indian Valley Reservoir yesterday. The fire’s generating its own wind too, which is helping it devour dry brush and vegetation thanks to the drought.

Congressman John Garamendi says he’s going to do all he can to make sure there’s more reliable funding for wildfire management. This as firefighters work the Rocky Fire and more than 20 other big fires in California. Garamendi says Lake County and all across the state are part of the dangerous effects of the extreme drought. Garamendi met with leaders working in wildfire emergency response in California last weekend.

Clearlake’s VA Clinic is back to normal operations. The clinic had to close because of the Rocky fire, burning east of Clearlake.
The clinic was supposed to open back up yesterday. Any veteran who’s been evacuated and needs a prescription refill can call the Clearlake VA Clinic at 707-995-7200.

The Knoxville Wildlife Area has been closed down to all public use because of the Rocky Fire. It affects Knoxville-Berryessa Road north of Pope Canyon Road. No words on when it may open again. A senior environmental scientist says they’re hopeful they can reopen before the Saturday deer opener, but they say safety is thier first priority so they’re cooperating with emergency responders trying to get the fire under control.

The teen from Laytonville accused in a shooting massacre had a court date. 19 year old Talen Barton is accused of knifing a friend and his family members July 19th. 17 year old Teo Palmieri and his dad were stabbed to death and Teo’s mother, Cindy Norvell and her brother who was visiting from Canada with his daughter were critically wounded. Barton had been a guest of the family’s at their home. His lawyer, a public defender spoke on his behalf at the hearing yesterday. The Sheriff’s office says they still don’t have a motive for the rampage but that Barton had told at least one person he wanted to kill someone. A former foster mom also says he told her he had been feeling suicidal and told several people who didn’t take him seriously. Barton is charged with several crimes including two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and several special allegations. He could face the death penalty if the D-A decides to pursue it.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has said yes to an agreement between the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration Oakland Task Force Group to deal with drug trafficking. The undersheriff of Chris Macedo telling the board it’s for help with large scale marijuana growing and large scale drug use. The Sheriff’s office, as part of the agreement, has okay’d sending one experienced officer to the Oakland Task Force Group for at least two years. This to help speed communication and shared information without spending more money.

A police volunteer’s been arrested for having contact with a minor to commit a sex crime. The Lakeport Police Department reports Larry Howerton was busted after a search warrant was served at his home. They have not said what the arrest is connected to but Howerton was booked into jail and has been fired from his position in the police dept.

The state’s giving back voting rights to tens of thousands of criminals who have been in prison and are serving sentences under community supervision. The Secretary of State Alex Padilla says it’s part of the settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union of California. The ACLU sued on behalf of 60,000 convicted criminals who were not allowed to vote after the Secretary of State decided community supervision was the same as parole.

A judge says California water regulators can enforce pumping restrictions on some farmers. The restrictions for a small Central Valley irrigation district. The judge denies a request from the West Side Irrigation District in Tracy along with three other water agencies in the same region looking to block the state from enforcing the notices to stop pumping water to farmers. There had been a temporary restraining order in place against the state but that’s tossed. The State Water Resources Control Board had sent thousands of letters so low-flowing rivers and creeks could get a reprieve after four years of severe drought.

A huge bloom of toxic algae has been spotted off the West Coast. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in a research vessel spotting the bloom, saying it’s denser, more widespread and deeper than feared weeks ago. It’s about 40 miles wide and 650 feet deep in places in the unusually warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. It’s stretching from California to Alaska and is affecting fisheries. Shellfish managers in Washington have closed a huge area of Dungeness crab fishing.

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