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Fire has destroyed a Clear Lake Riviera home. Kelseyville’s Fire Captain tells Lake County News they responded around 4pm Sunday to the home on Takelma Way along with crews from the Lake County Fire Protection District and Cal Fire. He says it took about an hour to contain the fire and a few more hours to mop up the scene. No one was hurt but the house was destroyed and a neighbor’s home somewhat damaged. The cause is under investigation.

There was a positive trend in the employment numbers for Mendocino County from August to September, but the State’s Employment Development Department says it could be the last good one for a while, as the effects of the fires could take hold starting with the October and November reports. Mendocino County’s unemployment rate as a whole went down from 4.8 percent in August to 4 percent in September with the number of people considered unemployed down by more than 250. But an EDD labor market consultant tells the Willits News the fires will definitely have an impact, with Mendocino County losing, among other things, two wineries.

There’s a community meeting Wednesday for the Redwood Valley fire cleanup focused on area stabilization and debris removal. It’s from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Eagle Peak Middle School Cafeteria. There will be reps from Cal OES, the Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, CALFIRE, Mendocino County Environmental Health and Mendocino County Planning and Building. They’ll discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about debris removal, the Right of Entry Agreement, erosion control and the overall recovery process. If you can’t get to the meeting it will be streamed live on the Mendocino County Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

It can be campfire time again in the Mendocino National Forest. Higher humidity and lower temperatures have enabled Forest Supervisor Ann Carlson to lift the fire restrictions meaning visitors with a valid California Campfire Permit may, once again, have open campfires, stoves, or barbeques outside of designated campgrounds. The fire permit is free from any Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or Cal Fire office. You can also get one online at www.preventwildfireca.org. Keep in mind this is just for the Mendocino National Forest – other public lands may still have fire restrictions in place.

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