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Assemblyman Bill Dodd of Napa speaking out about the Valley Fire response in Lake, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. Dodd says the region’s been hit hard, the worst in his memory by fire. He says more than 170,000 acres have been destroyed in his district along with hundreds of homes and other structures. He says of the most concern to him is the mandatory evacuations still in effect, and the safety of residents. He’s also thanking firefighters and first responders for working tirelessly. For more info on the fire please or call Lake County OES at 800-325-9604.”

A long moment of silence opens the latest Lake County Board of Supervisors meeting for the woman killed and firefighters injured in the Valley Fire. The Sheriff also spoke about people who are impatiently waiting to return to their homes saying they’re personally doing what they can to help people go home. He says there are health hazards in going home too soon and says they expect to find more bodies as the clean up begins. The Sheriff’s Office has been providing escort services into burnt out areas, but so far only for people who need to check on pets and livestock. He also spoke about looting and some arrests. The director of Social Services also spoke saying the shelters are well stocked and says now there’s more than they can handle, encouraging donations to the Mendo Lake Credit Union.

A large base camp for PG&E workers has been set up as 300 workers survey and start repairs in areas hit by the Valley Fire. So far four major transmission lines they know of were damaged. The utility company reports that could take some time to fix. There’s also damage to branch lines and substations. PG&E is also donating $350,000 to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Lake County.

The Moose Lodge on Hwy 20 in the Oaks, at the Intersection of Hwy 53 is accepting evacuees. They also say they need volunteers and supplies for people and animals. They can be reached at 707 998 3740

Lake County Scanner News Facebook page also asking for people who may have storage units available for evacuees to place items.

Careful of the contractor you hire for work after damage or a needed rebuild from the Valley Fire. The Contractors State License Board reporting on scammers taking advantage of homeowners. It’s illegal to contract for work without a license in a disaster zone. The board reminding to get three estimates, ask for references and get a written contract. There should only be a 10 percent or $1,000 deposit for work, whichever is less.

A local therapist in Lake County offering free counseling services to those impacted by theValley Fire. Counseling this Saturday from 1-5pm at the Mark West Lodge in Santa Rosa. Therapist Trinity Lee offering the help on the Record Bee Facebook page, saying she can take up to 5 clients for free (!!) and 5 free counseling sessions for each individual over the next several weeks/months. There will be other therapists available too with more services to be offered in the future. They’re accepting groups, family, individual, child therapy, and possibly couples therapy. For more info, visit the Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists website (

A man from Whispering Pines has been arrested for impersonating a peace officer and theft during a state of emergency. The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept patrolling Cobb Mountain after a mandatory evacuation order finding a car with its hazard lights on. The car also coated in pink flame retardant. The deputy recognized the car as belonging to Steven Worley, because of past contact. The car sped off, but the officer caught the guy finding him in a CHP cap, then searched his car and found several cell phones, a portable Wi-Fi hotspot device and an iPod. There was also other stolen items in the back seat of the car. Worley arrested for theft during a state of emergency, wearing id to impersonate a police officer and removing, injuring or destroying an object of archaeological or historical interest or value.

Chico’s North Valley Animal Disaster Group is helping animals affected by the Valley Fire. They’re helping with animal evacuations and welfare checks. They’re also providing food and water for animals sheltered where they live. They’re having a FUNdraiser. "Pets and Jets" this Saturday at the Chico Air Museum.

Food and yard waste may be co-mingled in Ukiah. The Daily Journal reports even though it’s not on the Ukiah City Council’s agenda, the owner of Cold Creek Compost says there’s negotiations ongoing with the city. He says he has even signed contracts to move forward on the plan. He has a pricing plan put together too. The city of Willits apparently has a contract with Cold Creek starting Nov. 1st. The company also doing business in Northern Sonoma County with Windsor, Healdsburg, Geyserville and Cloverdale.

Frontier Days is getting donations together for those affected by the Valley Fire including hay for sheltered horses. Community members in Mendocino County have donated clothes, blankets, household goods and other donations thru the organization.

Firefighters from Little Lake Fire Department and Brooktrails Fire were helping after the fire started. Little Lake also helped with the Butte Fire in the Sierra foothill. Many other local engine companies showing up, Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, Hopland Fire Protection District and Comptche Volunteer Fire Department have all assisted. There were dozers from Boonville and Ukiah too.

El Niño conditions are getting bigger in the Pacific Ocean meaning there could be a really wet winter in California. Federal scientists report there’s a 95 percent chance the conditions could go thru the end of next year. That’s up from the predicted 85 percent in June and 50 percent six months ago. The National Weather Service in Eureka says the best chance for above normal rainfall is for the southern part of California. 3 of 5 El Nino’s since 1950 have produced above average rainfall.

This year’s Wine Auction has been cancelled. The Lake County Wine Alliance decided against the yearly event at Cache Creek Winery because of the Valley Fire. The Alliance president says because of the fire , they decided instead to re-direct efforts to those suffering from this year’s devastating fires. The Alliance also says they’ll decide if they should have an alternate event and an online auction with money going to this year’s beneficiaries and more to folks who’ve suffered because of this year’s fires.

The Valley Fire containment holds at 35% and there’s more acreage scorched as area rains die down. The fire’s now blackened 73,700 acres. The National Weather Service is also warning about windy weather to hit northern California fire areas this weekend.

Police patrolling the Cobb area say they’ve found and arrested several people suspected of looting. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies helping the Lake County Sheriff’s Office with the Valley Fire say yesterday afternoon found 4 people in the area of the Hobergs Resort and Spa which was destroyed in the fire. But they were in an area untouched by the fire but where there have been mandatory evacuations and it’s closed to public access. Cops chased the car on a dead end road near Highway 175 and stopped 3 adults and a 14 year old. James Dotson of Cobb arrested and booked for vehicular fleeing, child endangerment, and possession of methamphetamine. Richard Tillman a former resident of Ukiah arrested for two outstanding no bail arrest warrants for probation violations and the other adult and teen were released.

Thousands of Hidden Valley Lake told to leave their homes in the early days of the Valley fire still out as crews start to descend on the area to assess damage. The fire has burned more than 73,000 acres. Lake Co News reports as many as 70 homes in the gated community are gone. The hardest hit around the community’s back nine holes of the golf course. Cal Fire and Pacific Gas and Electric are working to bring the power back on. PG&E reports to the news site more than 7000 customers in the south county are without power with more than 500 crews working to repair downed poles and remove hundreds of trees.

Local and state agencies in the Valley Fire area to assess destruction. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency weeks after the same due to the Rocky fire. Cal Fire reports the fire has destroyed 585 homes and more are known to have been but they’re assessment teams continue to work thru the area and take a count. Road repairs alone have an initial pricetag of $15 million. Caltrans removing damaged trees and working around still burning trees near roadways. They’re replacing burned pavement and hundreds of damaged signs too.

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