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A man from Fort Bragg’s caught by police after reports of a reckless motorcycle rider on the 101 near Redwood Valley. The CHP reports getting multiple 911 calls Saturday about the guy who ended up getting hurt after crashing his bike. Reports of the rider headed north on the 101 near the Calpella exit had officers take chase after the man identified as Daniel Woodward. Officers say he wouldn’t pull over when they motioned him to do so and was weaving in and out of lanes, then across the grass median and onto the southbound side of the highway before he hit a curb and was tossed from the bike. They say he had moderate injuries, and say it did not appear to be alcohol related.

The fire spreading thru the Clearlake Oaks area has grown again, but is now 5% contained. The fire off Pawnee Road and dubbed the Pawnee Fire also on New Long Valley Road northeast of Clearlake Oaks had Spring Valley residents evacuating. The Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. has put out a mandatory evacuation order for all Spring Valley residents. It’s a familiar scenario for folks who lived thru the Valley and Rocky Fires of 2015. The Record Bee reports as many as 3,000 people have been evacuated. There are two evacuation centers, the Moose Lodge and Lower Lake High. Animals can be taken to the Lake County Social Service Center in Lower Lake.

FEMA is releasing federal dollars to help the state fight the Pawnee fire. This comes after the state requested help thru a Fire Management Assistance Declaration. The regional administrator for the agency says the fire qualifies as a “major disaster”. That means the state can get up to 75% of its costs related to firefighting paid for. That can pay for field camps, equipment use, materials, supplies and mobilization, and demobilizations connected to fire fighting. 22 structures have been destroyed by the fire which has blackened 10,500 acres north of Clearlake Oaks.

The fire burning north of Clearlake Oaks, the Pawnee Fire has grown by a couple thousand acres. Late yesterday we reported the fire at about 8,200 acres, but Cal Fire reports it’s grown to 10,500 acres, up more than 2,200 acres from the morning estimate yesterday, and they report 5 percent containment. Cal Fire, the Northshore Fire Protection District and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, along with Mendocino National Forest staff were working the fire. Cal Fire reports all of Spring Valley Lakes and Double Eagle Ranch subdivisions are under mandatory evacuation orders. The fire reported late yesterday afternoon at Walker Ridge, spreading into an area burned in 2015 by the Rocky Fire. Spot fires also reported in that area with possible evacuations in Bear Valley. Lake Co News reporting the fire may have jumped to 15,000 acres late last night, but we have no confirmation of that.

A consumer alert put out by the California Attorney General’s office for folks in Lake County due to the state of emergency related to the Pawnee Fire. The Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra issued the alert after the Gov. declared a state of emergency because of the fire east of Clearlake Oaks about price gouging. Becerra reminding consumers it’s illegal to raise prices 10% or more during a state of emergency on housing, gas, food, and other essential supplies. Anyone busted for ripping victims off could face a year in prison or county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
You can also of course call your local police or sheriff’s office. 800-952-5225

A man from Ukiah’s been arrested in the Pawnee Fire evacuation area. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports Christian Campos arrested Monday in possession of marijuana and a concealed weapon in Spring Valley Lakes. The area under mandatory evacuation since Saturday night after the fire broke out. As they were patrolling the area with the help of other law enforcement agencies, Campos was found in a black Toyota 4Runner with expired license plate tabs. Campos told police he had been working in the area, but didn’t say what he was doing or for who. He agreed to be searched and was found with about 2 pounds of pot and a loaded handgun. He’s been booked in jail on being an unauthorized person in a disaster zone, possession of more than 28.5 grams of cannabis, possession of cannabis for sale, transportation of cannabis for sale, possession of a concealed firearm in vehicle, unlicensed driver.

Shelter, food and housing for some by the American Red Cross due to the Pawnee Fire. The fire’s forced as many as one thousand people in the path of the fire out of their homes, with some reports of as many as 3-thousand out of their homes. The Red Cross is running the shelter at Lower Lake High with cots, blankets, and emergency relief supplies for those who need it. They say they’re also working with government and community partners for relief efforts including the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Lake County Social Services and Lake County Animal Care and Control. Donations are encouraged by visiting, calling 800 RED CROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

PG&E is working with local Fire Safe Councils across the state for better safety and preparedness in the case of a fire. The utility putting up $2 million for local Fire Safe Councils to help reduce the threat of wildfires and help keep communities safe. Several counties across the state are benefitting including Butte, Napa and Mendocino Counties. The Vice President of the utility’s Electric Asset Management says after years of drought, extreme heat and 129 million dead trees being the ‘new normal’ in the state, we have to continue adapting to those challenges. The utility also says so far they’ve provided $13 million dollars to local Fire Safe Councils since 2014. That money has funded more than 200 projects in Northern and Central California like fuel reduction, emergency access and wood-chipping programs.

Reports by several people in Mendocino County of a weird object in the sky. The Red Headed Blackbelt news site reporting multiple residents in northern Mendocino saw three glowing orbs of light they say were just sort of "hanging stationary in the sky”. The reports yesterday mid morning into the noon hour. The reports from Red Mountain near Leggett out to Piercy. Mendocino Sports Plus had also posted about it, saying it was something Google was doing to provide through large clear balloons, something they call Project Loon.

A man in a truck in Humboldt County arrested, found only in his under garments. The driver in a red pickup truck on Hwy 36 in the area of a federal road realignment project under construction west of the tiny town of Dinsmore. Red Headed Blackbelt reporting the driver was just in his underwear, drove fast by a flagger, heading into a construction site, then crashed into the back of a water truck, went off the road, and tried running, but he was caught by workers at the job site. The news site reports scanner traffic saying it took as many as eight guys to restrain the man who was taken into custody later by the CHP.

An initiative headed to the ballot in November regarding possible cage free egg-laying hens. The Secretary of State reporting the initiative to set standards for confining calves, pigs and hens can be on the ballot after getting enough support. If it passes, businesses could not sell meat or eggs unless they are raised in cage free settings. And the requirement would start in 2021.

An artist from London who was hanging from her foot gets stuck as part of her performance art. Hilde Krohn Huse hung from the tree for 3.5 hours near Aukra, Norway for a video for an art class… but she was naked and couldn’t get herself down. She says she called for help after the camera went off. She also says she felt ill after seeing the video the first time, but then said it was quite decent after all. Her video was then chosen for the prestigious Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition, where more than 3 dozen promising fine arts graduates in the U.K. are showcased.

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