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Unanimous for a new police chief in Clearlake. The City Manager has been directed to officially hire Andrew White after the vote to execute the proposed employment contract. White has been a commander at the Suisun City Police Department in Solano County, working for 16 years in law enforcement with experience as a police academy instructor and in various other departments. The last chief retired last December after an injury. There was an acting chief since then. There were about 20 applications for the job with the top candidates being interviewed by a panel of community members, representatives from the Clearlake Police Officers Association and chiefs of similar sized communities.

The two largest fires in Northern Calif. right now are nearly contained. Lake Co News reports the County fire, in Napa and Yolo counties, and the Klamathon fire in Siskiyou County have charred more than 126,000 acres the last two weeks. The County Fire’s burned just under 90,300 acres and is 95-percent contained and should be totally surrounded Sunday. The fire burned 20 structures and damaged three more and has been burning since June 30th when it started near Guinda in Yolo County. It also burned into Napa county after starting by an improperly installed electric fencing unit. The Klamathon fire started July 5th and has burned 36,500 acres near Hornbrook, killing one person and injuring 3 firefighters. It’s currently 80% contained.

There may soon be fire watch cameras popping up in Sonoma County. The Board of Supervisors are thinking about installing the cameras to find wildfires early and quickly send resources. There are fire watch cameras on top of Bald Mountain which saw the County Fire. which has burned more than 90,000 acres. One idea is to put cameras around Santa Rosa. They could be hoisted up on top of existing towers with the first ones to go up by Lake Sonoma since there are more than 600,000 people in the North Bay who get their drinking water from it. The cost is pegged at about $475,000. County supervisors will take up the matter again next month.

A pipe bomb has been detonated at Monte Rio Beach. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reports the live bomb was disarmed Saturday morning after it was found under the Monte Rio Bridge. The bridge was closed and surrounding area evacuated. Then the bomb squad came and took care of the device and the beach was reopened. The beach is the biggest public beach on the lower Russian River, east of the Monte Rio Bridge and known locally as Big Rocky Beach.

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