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The man from Clearlake arrested for several fires and suspected of starting the Clayton fire is being investigated as a serial arsonist. Cal Fire investigating Damon Pashilk saying he intentionally set the Clayton fire, on the edge of a rural road outside Lower Lake off Highway 29. The fire blew up to 1,400 acres after starting Saturday in dry conditions. By Sunday it was double the size and had destroyed about 175 homes and businesses. Police say Pashilk served time in state prison on drug possession and firearms charges and for several other. He also worked on an inmate fire crew in Trinity County. He’s been in and out of jail for years. He’s held in the Lake County Jail on $5 million bail.

The Clayton fire is holding at 4,000 acres, but is now 35% contained. Full containment is expected this Sunday, August 21st. Fire crews got a lot closer to surrounding the fire yesterday and built more control lines. Cal fire still has destroyed structures holding at 175 and another 380 threatened. They say the numbers may change. There was a mandatory evacuation order lifted yesterday for neighborhoods east of State Highway 53 from Polk Avenue, south to Cache Creek. It’s an area referred to as the "Avenues”.

Mandatory evacuations still in place for Clayton Creek Road, all of Morgan Valley Road, North Spruce Grove Road to Jerusalem Grade. The three evacuation centers are still open at Kelseyville High School, the Seventh Day Adventist Church and Twin Pines Casino.

The city of Ukiah has a few new nominations for the Landmark Tree Program. The Gingko in the 300 block of North Spring Street, a Coast Redwood and a Dawn Redwood all nominated by the program’s Tree Advisory Group. The Gingko tree represented as the tallest in Ukiah. The resident of the home where it stands says she hopes status as a Landmark Tree might help protect it after she doesn’t live there anymore. The three trees all about 50 years old.

Names of those killed in a head on crash near Ukiah last weekend have been released. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports 84 year old Paul Vicente of Oakland and 25 year old Marketa O’Conner of St. Petersburg, Fla. were killed on Highway 101 Sunday near Nelson Ranch Road. Passengers in the car were pulled and taken to hospitals.

Another fire in Lake County, but more than 70 firefighters rushed to the scene and doused it. The fire west of North Lakeport, quickly grew to 10 acres and destroyed a building and spread to dry grassland. The fire started around 12:40 p.m. yesterday with quick response from firefighters already set up at the Lakeport fairgrounds for the Clayton fire. They say when they arrived flames were destroying what looked to be a travel trailer attached to a small building.

No school for the rest of the week in the Konocti Unified School District. School officials working on a new calendar due to the Clayton fire. At community meetings Monday, the Lake County Superintendent of Schools was there to deliver updates saying the safety of students, teachers and staff were the priority, so schools would stay closed because of how close the fire was burning actively around Lower Lake.

The California Earthquake Authority has new options so the insurance isn’t so costly. The Press Democrat reports the authority’s CEO Glenn Pomeroy in Santa Rosa talking to realtors about policies that can be better suited to individual consumers. He says residents should rethink earthquake insurance. The earthquake authority partners with about 80 percent of the state’s home insurance companies for quake coverage in California. He says nine out of 10 state homeowners don’t have earthquake insurance, as an example the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake in 1994 caused $20 billion in damage to residential structures and he says scientists predict a 99 percent chance a quake of 6.7 or greater will happen somewhere in California in the next 30 years.

Of all who’ve tried to get onto the Nov. ballot, only incumbent Ukiah City Council members qualified. The Ukiah City Clerk Kristine Lawler says as of last Friday’s 5 p.m. deadline only Council member Doug Crane and Mayor Steve Scalmanini filed the proper paperwork. Another man, Mark Hilliker got the paperwork, but didn’t get enough nominating signatures from city residents.

Multiple Lucky Supermarkets are raising money for the American Red Cross, for fire relief in Lake County. The store in Ukiah on E. Perkins St., shoppers can donate any amount when they checkout. They will then see their donation printed on the receipt, as a record for their tax deductible donation. The fundraising drive continues until further notice.

A county building has flooded so an urgent emergency declaration made over the weekend. The Yokayo Center had as much as 2 inches of standing water flooding the building so there could be longer waits than usual. The eligibility wing of the building where they have interview rooms, was affected. The executive office says about 9,000 square-feet inside the building was flooded, possibly during a remodeling project. Flooring, walls and computer equipment were damaged.

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