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Two people have been killed in a head-on crash near Ukiah. The CHP reports it happened on the 101, on the south side past Nelson Ranch Road. The highway was blocked for a time, and passengers in the cars were pulled out by rescuers.

4,000 acres have been charred by the Clayton Fire in Lower Lake. Cal Fire reports 175 structures have been destroyed and 1,500 more are threatened. Mendocino County has sent resources to help. The Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman says they also sent a couple of animal control officers to help with displaced dogs, cats and horses. The sheriff says like in the Valley fire last summer, they’ll help with patrols and arrest looters at evacuated homes if need be. The Mendocino County Animal Shelter is also taking donations for affected Lake County pets which can be dropped off at the Ukiah shelter on Plant Road.

St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake is still evacuated due to the Clayton fire. There is some staff at the hospital to make sure it is secure and ready for patients to come back. But they can’t reopen until getting clearance from the fire department and California Department of Public Health. All Lake County clinics, except Konocti Wellness Center in Lower Lake will be open at 8:00 am this morning to help community members, including Clayton Creek Fire evacuees.

The Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund has been launched again. North Coast Opportunities (NCO) and MendoLake Credit Union re-opened the fund for those being affected by the Clayton Fire. The fire’s burned 175 structures and thousands are under mandatory evacuation orders. The fund accepting monetary donations at all Mendo Lake Credit Union and Savings Bank of Mendocino County branches. Or checks can be mailed to North Coast Opportunities at 413 N. State Street, Ukiah CA 95482. The checks should be made out to NCO/Wildfire Relief, with “Clayton Fire” noted in the memo. You can find out more at our Facebook page or website:

(Also at NCO’s front page: www.ncoinc.org. More details about how to apply to the fund will be forthcoming.)

North Coast Opportunity needs volunteers, visit their website at www.ncoinc.org and click the “Volunteer” tab. Folks without internet service can call 707-462-3236. If you want to donate household goods or clothes, they ask that you wait until the needs of fire victims are clearly known.

Power and internet are out besides closed roads and schools, and even one hospital. Since the fire started Saturday, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. had to shut down power for as many as 8,300 customers, then slowly turning the lines back on incrementally as Cal Fire gives the utility the all-clear sign. The power lines were de-energized so fire crews could go into burn areas in a safer manner, because there were probably downed power lines. No damage estimate from PG&E crews as of yesterday.

One major problem for those in the fire zone was a lack of internet connectivity. Residents in Lake County were asking officials to make it a top priority. Mediacom, which services customers in Lake County said the area damaged by the fire hit one of their main fiber optic cables, providing service to Twin Lakes, Hidden Valley, Middletown, Lower Lake, Loch Lomond, Cobb, Kelseyville, Finley and Lakeport. They were hoping to have service restored late last night. For more info on connectivity, customers can call 855-633-6326.

The 3 main shelters are still at:

• Kelseyville High School, 5480 Main St., Kelseyville;

• Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3500 Hill Rd. E., Lakeport; and

• Twin Pine Casino, 22223 Highway 29, Middletown.

Animals can be taken to either the old SPCA facility at 7025 Hwy. 29 in Kelseyville, or the Lake County Animal Shelter, 4945 Helbush Drive in Lakeport. Those with barn animals can go to Owen Ranch in Hidden Valley Lake or the Coal Creek Equestrian Center in Kelseyville.

Evacuations

We still have mandatory evacuations in place for Clayton Creek Road, Morgan Valley Road, North Spruce Grove Road to Jerusalem Grade Road and Highway 53 at the Highway 29 junction north to Highway 20. Homes along Jerusalem Grade Road were under advisory evacuation Monday afternoon.

Road Closures

Clayton Creek Road at Highway 29, all of Morgan Valley Road to the Napa County line and Highway 53 from Highway 29 to Highway 20 — except for evacuations — remain closed to traffic.

Schools closed thru Friday include Burns Valley, East Lake, Lower Lake and Pomo elementary schools, Lower Lake High School, Lewis Center, Blue Heron School, Carlé High School, Highlands Academy, Konocti Education Center and Clearlake Creativity School.

The fire’s gutted one winery in Lower Lake. Terrill Cellars’ Tuscan Village Winery was left in a pile of ash except for part of the front of the building. Other wineries had to close down during evacuations. Six Sigma Ranch and Winery was evacuated Sunday, but allowed to return yesterday. The Press Democrat reports the fire’s missed areas of Lake County’s wine industry. The paper reports there’s about 40 wineries in the county and almost 9,500 acres of vineyards. The wine industry remained mostly intact as they prepare for harvest.

Record heat and the 5 year historic drought bringing more and more fires to Calif. Firefighters had responded to about 3,900 fires as of last Saturday, about 20% more fires and 30% more acreage than the last five years. Cal Fire had put together a fire threat map 10 years ago showing most of Lake County was at high or very high risk of wildfire. Last summer the Rocky, Valley and Jerusalem fires blackened more than 170,000 acres in the county. The fires charring areas that hadn’t burned in 5 decades or more. The Clayton fire chomping thru some terrain that’s not burned since the 1950s. A study by a UC Berkeley professor put out this past May showed Western wildfires are getting bigger and are more frequent and damaging since the 1980s.

A man has been arrested in connection to the Clayton Fire. Cal Fire says they arrested 40 year old Damin Pashilk for 17 counts of arson. Sheriff Brian Martin… SOT

The fire has caused more than $10 million in damage so far and is still just 5% contained. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Daniel Berlant SOT

No injuries have been reported, but Berlant says families have lost pets as the fire swept into Lower Lake this weekend.

The #LakeCountyRising fundraising campaign announced today that it is accepting donations to support survivors of the Clayton Fire. Lake County’s wine industry is once again coming together to support yet another wildfire in Lake County, this time in the small community of Lower Lake.

The Clayton Fire, which started Saturday evening, is estimated to have burned 4,000 acres and destroyed 175 structures, with 5% containment on Mondayafternoon, according to the CAL FIRE incident update.

#LakeCountyRising was established in September 2015 in the wake of the Valley Fire, which burned 76,000 acres, destroyed 1,300 homes and took four lives. Once again, thousands of Lake County residents are displaced from their homes by the wildfires. Many have been separated from pets and loved ones and are waiting to learn the fate of their homes and businesses.

The #LakeCountyRising fund has again mobilized. To donate, visit:http://lakecountyrising.org/donate/. To donate by check, send your check made payable to Lake County Wine Alliance, memo “Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund,” to:

Lake County Wine Alliance
P.O. Box 530
Kelseyville, CA 95451

Donors who have contributed to this fund in the past are encouraged to continue their support by donating again.

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