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A mandatory evacuation order has been issued connected to the Jerusalem fire for the Jerusalem Valley area east of Soda Creek. Jerusalem Valley Road is closed to all traffic at Spruce Grove Road. Fire personnel and emergency vehicles are in the area. The fire blew up quickly yesterday afternoon and was last measured at 3,000 acres with zero containment.

Temporary shelter for pets/animals @ the old water park in Clearlake at 6885 Old Highway 53.

A new wild fire reported south of Lower Lake with evacuations for nearby homes. The Jerusalem fire is between Lower Lake and Middletown. A Cal Fire spokesperson says it’s in the area of Jerusalem Grade Road and Canyon Road, south of the Rocky fire perimeter. Evacuations in place for the area of Jerusalem Valley from Spruce Grove Road east due to the fast-moving fire. The fire jumped from about an acre when it was first reported around 4 yesterday afternoon, to 100 acres and had quickly burned thru 3,000 acres with no containment.

A firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service has been killed on the job in Lake Tahoe. The second firefighter in Calif to die on the job. This time the firefighter was hit by a tree Saturday evening in a remote area between the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Eldorado National Forest. His name and age have not been released to the public. There was another firefighter injured in the same incident, but he was treated and released from a nearby hospital. The other firefighter died July 30th in the Modoc National Forest while scouting for ways to fight the fire. He was from Rapid City, South Dakota on temporary assignment since June in California.

The last residents forced to leave their homes because of the Rocky fire have been allowed to go home. Cal Fire lifted the final evacuation orders Saturday as cooler weather helped firefighters get more control over the fire burning since July 29th. The Rocky fire’s the biggest wildfire in California. It had threatened more than 6,000 homes, burned 43 homes and 53 outbuildings and blackened 69,636 acres in Lake, Colusa and Yolo counties. There are still thousands of firefighters on the Rocky Fire from California, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona.

Thousands of evacuees of the Rocky Fire get to be home now, for some it’s just a pile of rubble though. Over the weekend the 3rd phase of evacuees got to go home to assess the damages. There are ways to help those who have lost some things and everything. North Coast Opportunities (NCO), Mendo Lake Credit Union (MLCU), and the Lake County Social Services Department are working together, creating a fund to help those affected by the Rocky fire. The bank’s matching the first $5,000 in donations for those in need. And NCO, the Community Action Agency for Lake and Mendocino Counties helped set up the fund to serve those in need during emergency situations. The fund to be managed by a committee now being set up. Those affected can apply for assistance, then the committee will decide how to distribute the money after the fire’s fully contained and all impacts can be assessed. The Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin is also encouraging any other donations be to reputable organizations including this fund. There’s a PayPal account set up to accept online donations, check this radio station’s website and Facebook page for the links, or visit the website’s of NCO and MLCU:
– NCO: https://www.ncoinc.org/ ; and
– MLCU: www.mlcu.org .

For more information on how to donate, how to apply for funds, or how to apply to serve on the management committee, contact NCO Executive Assistant Elizabeth Archer at earcher or 707-467-3210.

A recent death in the Mendocino County Jail has been found to be no fault of correctional officers. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office says there was no criminal action by officers in Willits or those at the jail related to the death of Steven Neuroth. Neuroth was arrested in June by Willits police then booked into Jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Cops say 3 hours later he was dead at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. Cops say he was delusional when he was arrested saying there were snakes writhing on the floor of the patrol vehicle he was in. Officers also had to use physical force to overcome him. The DA says the man was a safety risk to the correctional officers and they acted in a reasonable manner to subdue him.

A homeless man from Ukiah’s been arrested on prowling charges. Police say Corey Heine was arrested last Wednesday after he climbed into the attic above a grocery store. Officers getting a call to the Safeway on S. State St. around 1:45 a.m. after employees reported hearing someone talking and banging in the store’s attic. When cops got there, they say Heine was in the storeroom of the store and had climbed a ladder leading to the attic above the pharmacy.

Traveling thru Willits, there’s a road closure at Humboldt Street, between Valley and Commercial Streets, including the alley behind the movie theater. The road to be closed from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, today thru Wednesday for grinding and paving. The city says driver’s patience is appreciated during a long-needed improvement project.

The nomination period for candidacy in the upcoming General Election has been extended by a couple days in Lake County. The REGISTRAR OF VOTERS OFFICE announcing the extension for all qualified people besides incumbent officeholders until this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.This is because ofnonfiling of incumbent Governing Board Members and nonfiling of incumbent Directors of several School and Special Districts. Anyone needing more info can call the Registrar of Voters office (263-2372) or visit the Courthouse in Lakeport during regular business hours.

The Mendocino County Water Agency is having another workshop regarding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. Apparently this is the first step towards a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for the Ukiah Valley Basin. They will be covering timelines for enactment, authority and responsibility of the GSA, its governance options and the processes for developing a GSA. The Mendocino County Water Agency is having the workshop in the Ukiah Conference Center on School St. at 5:30 p.m. Weds.

The city of Cloverdale rethinking its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries ahead of the potential the city sees of pot being legalized in California. One city council member asking fellow members to reconsider dispensaries because of predictions and pressure from citizens about California, like several states, looking to approve the recreational use of marijuana next year. The city council’s expected to put together an ad hoc committee to study the idea and revise city policies about cannabis.

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