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A lot more containment on the Jerusalem fire as the fire continues its growth. The fire now at 23,500 acres, burning thru several thousand acres since Sunday. The fire’s 33% contained. No structures have burned, but 50 are threatened. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued new mandatory evacuations yesterday too which you can find on our website and Facebook page. Mandatory evacuations ordered over the last few days stay in place. Those who have been ordered to leave are being told to head to Kelseyville High.

Lake County Emergency Operation is still open and helping victims of the Rocky / Jerusalem Fires. Lake County Emergency Operation Center organizes county, municipal, state and federal agencies for help in natural and man-made disasters. It was activated just after the Rocky Fire started July 29th. The Rocky Fireis 95% contained and moves into recovery so emergency operations will be helping residents and businesses return to a normal life as soon as possible. Since the Jerusalem Fire is still very active and only 16% contained the shelter at Kelseyville High School is open. The Middletown High shelter is closing down. TheFire Help Line 1 (800) 325-9604 or go to

New water regulations proposed by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Board regarding cannabis cultivation. New rules to be voted on today by the board related to environmental damage to fragile streams and wildlife habitats already in trouble due to the drought. The water board’s executive officer says this is a milestone and one of his top priorities. If approved the rules would mean growers register through approved non-governmental third-party organizations. The rules also say participants don’t have to show what they’re growing marijuana for whether for, medicine or recreational use, since it’s widely expected it will be legalized next year.

Environmentalists poised to protest a possible legislative bill the wine industry is backing so an irrigation district could be created to protect water rights of as many as 1,000 grape growers in the Russian River region. The legislation proposed by the United Winegrowers of Sonoma County would create five viticultural areas in Alexander, Knights, Dry Creek, Russian River and Bennett valleys. The Press Democrat reports word that Sen. Mike McGuire may be sponsoring the bill. Protestors planning to be at his town hall tonight at the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors chambers. McGuire for his part says all sides need to work together on something that he can get behind.

Up to 100 commercial truck drivers who forked over as much as $5,000 each so they could bribe DMV employees for illegal California licenses could have been in traffic accidents. More than 20 accidents, with no fatalities happened with some of those bogus licenses. Emma Klem a DMV employee from Salinas and trucking school owner Kulwinder Dosanjh Singh of Turlock have admitted the bribery and identity fraud. There are also a couple other DMV employees and trucking school operators implicated. They are accused of changing computer records saying drivers passed tests, but they did not.

Cache Creek and Knoxville management areas had to be closed for public use and access, which includes hunting and off highway vehicle use because of the fires burning in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties. This closure for public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management due to the Rocky and Jerusalem Fires. For more information call the BLM Ukiah Field Office at (707) 468-4000, or the Rocky Fire Information Center at (707) 967-4207.

Ukiah Municipal Airport looking to expand their fuel carrying capacity. Currently some Cal Fire planes fuel up at the airport, but their truck that cruises right up to the tankers only holds 5,000 gallons of jet fuel. The airport director says he hopes to be able to buy more storage tanks ahead of future busy fire seasons like this one. He says he wants to put in a 12,000-gallon tank for a specialized fuel and a 20,000-gallon tank for jet A fuel.

The Fort Bragg Central Coast Transfer Station meeting with the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors and the Fort Bragg City Council has been canceled. The meeting was supposed to happen next Monday but staff needed more time to prepare. The meeting was to discuss whether or not to certify the Environmental Impact Report. The new Central Coast Transfer Station proposed on Highway 20 east of Highway 1 at the Jackson Demonstration State Forest supposed to improve efficiency of solid waste disposal in the Fort Bragg and Mendocino areas.

The Ukiah City Council says yes to a new plan to preserve and enhance Doolin Creek. The plan to add trails and paths and outlines how it will be paid for. The city’s planning director says they’ve been working on the project for several years. It’s the smallest of 3 creeks in the city. The other two have already put plans into place. Some residents working with city staff bringing an incomplete plan to city’s Paths, Open Space and Creeks Commission a few years ago hoping to spur the plan into action after it stalled a while.

Highway 128 between Cloverdale and Boonville has construction work going on overnights over the next three weeks. Caltrans reports they have to do the work placing piles for a retaining wall so the Highway has to be closed so crews can work over about 1.5 miles of highway at the three-way intersection of North Cloverdale Boulevard, North Redwood Highway and Oat Valley Road, and about 2.5 miles east of the Mendocino County line. The closures begin Monday, Aug. 24, at 11 p.m. until the next morning at 5 a.m.

An apartment building in Ukiah’s been damaged after a fire on Laws Avenue. The fire reported Tuesday night by a paramedic with VeriHealth who happened to be stationed across the street at the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority’s south station. She says she heard yelling and screaming and noticed the bottom floor of the complex had caught fire. She says she helped two residents and their dog get out of the apartment then called for help. Ukiah Valley Fire Authority and Cal Fire went to the scene. Apparently it was caused by a lamp that had been knocked over and caught a blanket on fire.

A man in Pennsylvania got into a fight with his brother… who wouldn’t share his Big Macs. Thomas Veres arrested Wednesday. Police say he punched his brother for not saving a burger for him. So he ransacked his home, knocking over furniture and appliances and throwing food. His brother had injuries to his face and Thomas arrested for simple assault and harassment.

Police say some dogs trying to get into a box of cupcakes that had been left on top of a stove in Pennsylvania started a fire. The landlord in Logan Township says he stopped by his tenants’ home to let the dogs out a found a small stovetop fire and called firefighters. The dogs apparently hit the stove’s control knobs as they got into the box of treats. The fire has been ruled accidental. Nobody was hurt.


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