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We have a red flag warning along with our heat advisory as gusty winds move in and join the high temperatures and low humidity for prime fire weather. Winds are predicted to hit 10-20 miles an hour with 30 mph gusts possible. Winds should die down by Thursday night but the heat advisory goes through Friday. Thursday Temps could hit 107 in Lake County and 109 in Mendocino County. Friday Temps will also be around 102. Ukiah has several cooling stations available including the Ukiah Valley Conference Center, Ukiah Senior Center, Ukiah Civic Center and the Alex Rorabaugh Center. Forecasters say it should cool down for the weekend and be mostly in the 80’s next week.

A 19-year-old who fell to his death at the Mendocino Coast last week has been identified. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office says Matthew McCoy of West Virginia was with his older brother and two friends on a road trip, heading south on Highway 1 from Oregon, when they stopped at an overlook just north of Westport. His friends say McCoy was an avid climber and decided to try and climb down the cliff instead of talking a nearby path to the beach. One of the friends was apparently watching as a rock McCoy was grabbing gave way and he fell about 60 feet down onto the rocks below. McCoy’s brother and one friend ran down the path to him while the other friend went for help. When Westport fire officials arrived, they moved McCoy from the rocks to the beach where he went into cardiac arrest and died.

The Hike for Hospice has raised nearly $15,000 for Hospice Services of Lake County. About 75 people participated in the 3rd annual Hike for Hospice on June 10 to help fund the agency’s grief counseling, family bereavement camps and school-based children’s grief groups offered for Lake County residents. Sutter Lakeside Hospital’s “ER” team, dubbed the “Superstar Team,” raised the most money by a team and also won for best team costume. Lake County Supervisor Tina Scott raised the most money by an individual and also received the best costume award for an individual hiker.

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