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A fire burning in Clearlake Oaks is out of control and homes evacuated. Cal Fire reports the Pawnee Fire east of Clearlake Oaks doubled in size over the weekends and hundreds of structures are threatened. So far the fire has charred 7,700 acres in the Spring Valley Lakes subdivision after igniting Saturday. The fire was reported at 3,000 acres earlier yesterday. The fire has destroyed 12 structures so far and another 600 are threatened. A mandatory evacuation order was widened by the Lake County Sheriff from Spring Valley Lakes to the Double Eagle Ranch subdivision to the east. Reports say the fire was out of control with dry, windy conditions. Power has been turned off to more than 500 people. The evacuation center is at Lower Lake High School and Animals can be taken to the Social Service Center, also in Lower Lake.

An elderly man from the Northshore has been reported missing by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The dept. says 84 year old Donald Couch of Nice has not been seen since Saturday mid morning. They say he left a note at his home saying he was headed to a local thrift store, but then he didn’t come back. The Sheriff’s Dept. reports Couch may suffer from dementia.

The “Children’s Champions” have been announced by the First 5 Lake Commission. The names released for the second quarter of the year, Ana Santana, Healthy Start director at the Lake County Office of Education; Mary Prather, the grants coordinator for Easter Seals Bay Area; Brandy Perry, resource and referral manager for North Coast Opportunities’ Rural Communities Child Care Program; Barbara Green, who’s the children’s service coordinator for Lake County Libraries; and David and Denice Solgat, who are foster and adoptive parents. The “Children’s Champions” are named for folks in the community who the organization says go above and beyond for kids to make sure they’re protected, nurtured, and prioritized.

A Tourism Improvement District has been approved by the Lake County Board of Supervisors. Lake Co News reports the idea to help tourism and help the county become more competitive. The District to help pay for marketing and sales promotions for lodging businesses in the county. Lake Co News reports the move came after a presentation to the Lakeport City Council. It means the district can collect 3 percent at lodging businesses above the already in place 10-percent transient occupancy tax from the same businesses.

A paving project has been approved in Ukiah. The City Council says use for the use of Measure Y money last week. The one million dollars will go to seven streets: Arlington Road between North Bush and Elm streets; Freitas Avenue between South State and South Oak streets; North State Street, north of Low Gap Road to the city limits north of the fairgrounds. The work will mean flashing lights at the crosswalk on Garrett Drive would probably be taken out, with North State Street getting paved south almost to Low Gap Road. The other streets: Oak Manor Court; South Orchard Avenue between East Gobbi and Marlene streets; Yosemite Drive and Washo Drive.

A man from Laytonville has been killed after the ATV he was riding rolled. The California Highway Patrol reports 51-year-old Jeffrey Polson was on a 2010 Arctic Cat ATV in northern Mendocino County last Friday and as he went up a steep embankment, his vehicle turned over and rolled on top of him. He had two passengers with him, who were able to jump off and were unhurt. They apparently tried to help Polson, but when emergency responders got there, they declared he was already dead.

A senior care facility in Santa Rosa that’s been the center of a lawsuit after the October wildfires apparently had no backup generator. The Press Democrat reports dozens of elderly residents who couldn’t move on their own were stuck in the Oakmont Senior Living facility in the Fountaingrove area without electricity. That meant they had to get out of the facility in the dark, with no elevator. The info per a lawyer working for residents of the facility that burned to the ground last October. 17 residents and family members are suing for negligence and abandonment of residents that night.

A reminder in Lakeport no fireworks are allowed. The Lakeport Police Dept. reminding fireworks are banned in the city and a major fire hazard. They also say they’re prepared to punish those who break the law. Safe and Sane Fireworks can be used only from July 1st to the 4th. The police dept. says they get complaints every year about folks using fireworks in areas where they’re not allowed so there will be signs put up on the four major roads out of Lakeport to remind people fireworks are not allowed beyond those areas.

A young mother’s been arrested after being accused of leaving her baby in her car for more than ten hours where he died. Alexandrea Scott of Trinidad is charged with willfully permitting a child to suffer great bodily injury or death. Her 18-month old died in the car after being left in it with the windows rolled up for ten hours. The Sheriff’s Dept. calls it an accident. The baby was brought to the hospital by mom and then left in the car outside the home afterwards. The mom was being held without bail.

New plumbing needed in Redwood Valley after the October wildfire in the area. The upgrades needed due to new fire-safety measures at almost $7 million which means property owners will have to fork over up to $10,000 a home. State Senator Mike McGuire tells the Press Democrat it’s one of the biggest challenges in Mendocino County’s rebuild. The state is putting $2 million dollars into rebuilding the old water system so the Redwood Valley County Water District can put in larger pipes. After the work’s done, residents can rebuild and add fire sprinkler systems which has been mandated by state law for all new homes since 2011.

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