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The Lake County Sheriff’s office confirming 2 more bodies found in burnt out areas of the Valley Fire. The Sheriff’s Office, CAL FIRE, California Fish and Wildlife Wardens and two California Cadaver Dogs and their handlers found bodies in the Hidden Valley area and the Anderson Springs area. The id’s of the people found have not been released until positive identification can be made. They say based on the location and evidence found they believe the dead to be Bruce Burns, who was reported missing on September 15th in Hidden Valley and in Anderson Springs Leonard Neft, who was reported missing on September 14th.

A shelter set up by Mendocino County’s Health and Human Services Agency is being closed. The shelter’s been at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah since Sunday. It’s closing at noon today. There are evacuation notices lifted so shelter guests can go home. There’s space at other shelters in Lake County. Mendocino County’s CEO released the information yesterday saying they’ll continue to update evacuees through the county’s 211 emergency system.

Fort Bragg police chief updating the City Council on local crime statistics. Chief Fabian Lizarraga says it’s changing to a yearly report with a new one starting in January or February 2016. They’ve studied gang and property crime, crimes against people and more. There were more than 16-thousand calls last year for service, nearly 1,700 crime reports and nearly 580 arrests. He says there’s been a little bit less crime from a year before but robberies were up. There were 7 rapes last year compared to 6 in 2013. Assaults were down in 2014 from 2013 but there were 100 assaults.

6 men patrolling the Cobb area themselves are crediting with saving homes. The Press Democrat reports Gary Herrin, his two sons and their three friends saved nine homes, five horses, some goats, two dogs and a pet turkey. Close to 600 homes destroyed in the fire and three people been confirmed dead. Herrins brother, brother-in-law, a niece, and the house where he lived with his sons for 11 years is also gone. The 6 men had hoses, shovels and a small, bobcat dozer and started to defend a neighborhood.

A fight of sorts between a couple of animal welfare agencies, one’s a nonprofit, the other public administration. The Press Democrat reports a fight on social media, after one agency evicted the other from emergency animal care efforts in Lake County. Petaluma Animal Services posted on Facebook that animal control officers near Middletown were told to leave. They say Lake County Animal Control told them they were not authorized to be there but they said they wouldn’t leave. But they’re at the Calistoga evacuation center now with more than 300 animals. The Lake County animal control chief says Petaluma was telling the truth because animal service groups have to get authorized. But Petaluma says they properly checked in with Lake County officials.

The mandatory evacuation order for Berryessa Estates has been lifted so residents can go back in to possibly burned out areas. Road closures are revised though. Butts Canyon Road at Aetna Springs Road has been opened and is being moved north to Butts Canyon Road and Snell Valley Road. There’s new road closures at the entrance of Aetna Springs Road and at the entrance of James Creek Road.

The State Attorney General Kamala Harris says she’s going to go after anyone trying to make money off of the state’s wildfires. Harris says they’ve received reports of hotels who are gouging people, which is illegal. The Press Democrat had reported some cases where some evacuees had been ripped off at one hotel, which managers blamed on reservation systems that automatically input rate increases because of high demand. As we reported the Lake County Sheriff also said he would investigate the same. It’s illegal to charge 10 percent higher than anyone charged before the declaration of an emergency. This law for anyone selling food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials and gasoline.

Three men cops say are suspected of trying to loot evacuated homes in the Valley Fire area have been arrested. Police say the three come after several other cases where people were found in the wrong place by police who searched and found either stolen items or burglary tools. The three men arrested from San Francisco and Brisbane. They were seen early yesterday morning in the Hidden Valley Lake area and could not explain why they were in the area. A sheriff’s deputy found a loaded pistol on one of the men, passenger David Cesari, plus he had ammo. There was a face mask, gloves, tools headlamps, flashlights and other materials that seemed suspicious enough. But the men were also apparently wearing camouflage and black clothing. The 3, Cesari,, the driver Dyami Connel and another passenger Michael Jimenez arrested on several charges including suspicion of possessing burglary tools and entering a closed disaster area. The men were booked into Lake County Jail, with bail set at $100,000.00.

The State Attorney General Kamala Harris says she’s going to go after anyone trying to make money off of the state’s wildfires. Harris says they’ve received reports of hotels who are gouging people, which is illegal. The Press Democrat had reported some cases where some evacuees had been ripped off at one hotel, which managers blamed on reservation systems that automatically input rate increases because of high demand. As we reported the Lake County Sheriff also said he would investigate the same. It’s illegal to charge 10 percent higher than anyone charged before the declaration of an emergency. This law for anyone selling food, emergency supplies, medical supplies, building materials and gasoline.

Three men cops say are suspected of trying to loot evacuated homes in the Valley Fire area have been arrested. Police say the three come after several other cases where people were found in the wrong place by police who searched and found either stolen items or burglary tools. The three men arrested from San Francisco and Brisbane. They were seen early yesterday morning in the Hidden Valley Lake area and could not explain why they were in the area. A sheriff’s deputy found a loaded pistol on one of the men, passenger David Cesari, plus he had ammo. There was a face mask, gloves, tools headlamps, flashlights and other materials that seemed suspicious enough. But the men were also apparently wearing camouflage and black clothing. The 3 Cesari,, the driver Dyami Connel and another passenger Michael Jimenez arrested on several charges including suspicion of possessing burglary tools and entering a closed disaster. The men were booked into Lake County Jail, with bail set at $100,000.00

The Mendocino County Health and Human Services agency is accepting applications from those in need due to the Valley Fire. The Fire has scorched more than 73-000 acres and was only 35% contained by last night. The agency says they’re disbursing state benefits like cash, food or medical assistance. You need to visit the fine arts building at the Redwood Empire Fairgrounds in Ukiah at the emergency shelter. You can also apply at the agency’s offices on State St. in Ukiah. and online, check this radio station’s website for the link….

Benefits can also be applied for online at https://c4yourself.com/c4yourself/index.jsp.

Updates from local and state officials for the Valley fire. Almost 3,600 firefighters from across the west are helping to contain the Valley Fire which is currently at 35% with 73,700 acres burned. Fire officials say the rain helped but it’s supposed to get hot and windy again and they have to be vigilant. The Sheriff’s Dept. says they are working to help residents go into some evacuated areas to feed pets and livestock but that was suspended so they could help others go back home. They are also following up on multiple missing persons’ reports. The Sheriff says many areas will stay closed for some time but repopulation has begun in Berryessa Estates in Napa County. The Sheriff also says they’ve got help from several emergency managers from around the state. The Kelseyville High School shelter is closing and instead folks will be sent to Grace Church in Kelseyville.

The Lake County Office of Emergency Services North Coast Opportunities’ Volunteer Network is now in charge of all volunteers for the Valley Fire. Anyone interested in helping evacuees has to preregister at www.ncoinc.org. After you’ve pre-registered you will get updates when a need comes up. They say they may soon need folks who can operate heavy equipment, have tools, building supplies, materials, and other expertise. North Coast Opportunities is a nonprofit out of Ukiah working in both Lake and Mendocino counties as well as other surrounding counties.

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