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The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Fire Danger for Mendocino and Lake Counties due to expected extreme heat, dryness and wind conditions. They say gusty east winds will develop tonight and continue through Friday morning with sustained speeds of 10-15 mph and gusts up to 20 mph. Combined with the low relative humidity and high temperatures, those winds could contribute to extreme fire behavior. They ask everyone to be very cautious and fire safe. An Excessive Heat Warning is in place until Monday with temps in the 100’s.

As for the smoke and haze currently visible throughout Lake County, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office says it’s the result of smoke coming into the area from the Helena Fire in Trinity County.

A man who left his ID behind after allegedly stealing from a store has been arrested. Willits Police responded to the Village Market Tuesday night where an employee said the suspect had walked out of the store with several items without paying. When the employee confronted him, the suspect began to fight over the stolen items but when police were called he took off. But when he ran he left behind the bag full of items he’d tried to steal along with his ID card. Kevin Betts of Willits was found a few blocks away near another store and arrested for robbery.

It’s “flu” season and the Lake County Public Health Division has announced its community flu vaccination clinic schedule. They recommend the vaccine for anyone 6 months of age or older and are offering them for $2. In September and October in Lakeport you can get flu vaccines on Wednesdays at the Public Health Division by appointment. On Saturday, October 14th there will be free flu vaccines at the Heroes of Health and Safety Fair at the Fairgrounds. In Clearlake there will be a clinic Wednesday, October 25th from 10 am to noon at the Senior Community Center.

The Lake County Fair is getting underway. The parade kicks off at 530pm. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6 through 11, and kids under 6 are admitted free. Parking is $9 per car, but that benefits local Boy Scouts. The Fair runs through Sunday. This year’s theme is: “Boots ‘n’ Bling!”

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