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14,000 acres now blackened in the Jerusalem Fire, with only 5% surrounded leads to more mandatory evacuations. Cal Fire reports the fire burning in heavy decadent brush and because of a lack of roads it’s made things tough on firefighting efforts. 50 buildings are threatened. The firefighters are working to stop the fire from moving, but erratic winds are making that a challenge. Cal Fire warning “RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO STAY VIGILANT AND ADHERE TO ANY CHANGES IN EVACUATIONS AND ROAD CLOSURES”. They warn fire activity and direction can change at any time and that residents should use extreme caution. The estimated date of containment is Monday, August 17th. For more information on how to prepare for wildfires, go to www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Lake Family Resources Center is at LakeLAC helping those impacted by‪#‎Rockyfire and ‪#‎Jerusalemfire. They are accepting donations of non-perishable foods, diapers and hygiene items at their Administrative Office at 5350 Main Street, Kelseyville.

LakeLAC is located at 14092 Lakeshore Drive Clearlake. We are here Monday thru Wednesday (8/10/15-8/12/15) from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also, information can be found at www.LakeCountyLAC.com or by calling the Rocky Fire Help Line at 1 (800) 325-9604.

A new round of mandatory evacuations have been ordered by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office due to the Jerusalem fire. Cal Fire reports the fire’s up to 14,000 acres and it’s 5% contained. The fire’s moving north, so the Sheriff’s Office is implementing the mandatory evacuations for:

– Morgan Valley Road from the Rocky Fire burn area, which is near the Reiff Road intersection, east to the Napa County line;
– Reiff Road from the Morgan Valley Road intersection east to the Yolo County line. Morgan Valley Road is closed east of the intersection of Reiff Road to the Napa County line, and Reiff Road is closed east of the intersection of Morgan Valley Road to the Napa County line. The sheriff’s dept. says those on mandatory order should get all of their medications, pets, and important papers and to leave the area immediately Middletown High School is a shelter too. All other mandatory evacuations since Sunday are in place.

A man from Sacramento has major injuries after getting stuck in his car after it burst into flames when it crashed into an embankment. Ukiah police say the man was running from cops when the crash happened. Lenard Harvey Jr. is facing multiple charges for the Saturday incident. The CHP in Ukiah needed help from police in Clearlake for a car chase that reached speeds of up to 100 mph. The man pulled over but was also then involved in a second chase. He crashed off the north side of Highway 20. He went to a hospital and was arrested and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence and felony evading.

A woman from Mendocino County has been found guilty of being an accessory to attempted murder of a sheriff’s deputy. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office reports Ashley Jo La Forge of Ukiah convicted of materially aiding Walter Miller by getting him a hotel room that he hid from police in. She’s pleaded no contest to the charges. The adult probation department will make a sentencing recommendation then La Forge will be sentenced Oct. 9th. Miller was found guilty in the case and got 181 years in prison for the attempted murder during a police standoff.

The State Board of Equalization announcing help to those affected by recent wildfires in counties, including Lake, Napa, Nevada, Sacramento, Solano, Tulare and Yolo counties. Businesses and residents can ask for an extension for their tax returns, relief of penalties and/or interest from some taxes and fees. You can go directly online to file for help and those without internet can call… 800-400-7115 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p

http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/2015/65-15-G.htm

Redwood Credit Union is helping those affected by local fires. The credit union accepting donations to help the Lake County community with relief due to the Rocky fire and Jerusalem fire. Donations are being accepted at any of the 16 Bay Area branch locations, or by calling the Member Service Center at 800-479-7928, option 5, ext. 65491. Details are available at www.redwoodcu.org/firerelief .

Police in Lakeport warning to be careful for kids as school gets its start. The Lakeport Unified School District gets underway tomorrow. Police reminding drivers to use extreme caution when traveling in the area of and on the grounds of the Lakeport schools. They say there’s going to be heavier than normal traffic in the mornings and afternoons during the first few days of school. They’ll have extra patrols near schools this week and are giving out tickets for moving and parking violations.

A new bill signed into law by the Gov. Jerry Brown to ban the use of grand juries in cases where cops use lethal force. Senate Bill 227 says the grand jury process is too secretive and allows prosecutors to avoid decision-making responsibility in politically charged cases. The bill’s author says the use of these grand juries and the refusal to indict like in Ferguson, MO and other communities of color has led to an atmosphere that threatens to compromise our justice system.

A cat that was thought to have died in a fire in Northern Calif came out from the ashes alive. Ruthie Rosemary a Calico Tabby was thought to have died in the Fork Complex Fire in Shasta Trinity National Forest that scorched more than 24,000 acres. The cat’s owners had to evacuate and the cat was with them in their car, but jumped out. When they went back to their burned out home, they found their cat alive in the charred ruins.

A helicopter powered paraglider nearly busted in Los Angeles for flying past a jail. A member of the sheriff’s flight crew apparently got video of a short chase with the paraglider as he neared the Pitchess Detention Center on Monday. Deputies saw the fly by and followed the guy who they say wouldn’t stop, but landed a few minutes later. The man says he just thought people were trying to follow him, not knowing they were police and that he could barely hear them because of his engine. Cops say he was very apologetic and simply that winds carried him near the jail.

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