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Containment on the Pawnee fire continues to grow and the forward movement of the fire has stopped. But there is a red flag warning in place with hotter weather, wind and dry conditions forecast tonight into tomorrow night. The fire is holding at 13,700 acres and is 56 percent contained. Cal Fire reports 658 acres have burned in the Mendocino National Forest. There’s no estimate on when the fire might totally be 100% contained. There are more than 3,000 firefighters on the fire and more crews are being flown into remote regions to help strengthen containment lines. There is just the mandatory evacuation order remain in effect for Walker Ridge and a road closure on Walker Ridge Road at Highway 20.

A man accused in the murder of another man at a marijuana operation in a remote area of Covelo has been found guilty. Joshua Ruoff formerly of New Hampshire convicted for the willful, deliberate and premeditated murder of Timothy Sweeting in May of 2016 with the jury also finding true an enhancement of the sentence because the defendant used a baseball bat in the of the murder. The matter has been sent to the Adult Probation Department for further study before sentencing. The D-A says it could be 26 years to life in state prison for Ruoff who’s due back in court July 20th.

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