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Evacuated areas are being patrolled by police and they’ve made several arrests the last two days. Police say Gerald Silva was found by the Napa Auto Parts in Upper Lake early Monday saying he was homeless, they found rubber gloves in his pocket and say he had a felony warrant for burglary. He was arrested for being an Unauthorized Person in an Evacuated Area, Prowling, and the felony warrant. The same day Paul Hannah of Nice was found two times in evacuated areas. First escorted out, then cited the next day on a bike for being an Unauthorized Person in an Evacuation Area and released on a citation. Jacob Milner of Los Alamos was found by the Nice Post Office yesterday saying he was there to help his mom, but he was escorted out of the area. Also yesterday Bradley Bastian of Lakeport was found in a home where he was told he needed to shelter in place or leave, but cops say he got aggressive with them so they arrested him, then released him on citation. William Pimentel of Lucerne was found with bolt cutters, a flashlight, and rope so he was arrested for being an Unauthorized Person in an Evacuation Area, Possession of Burglary Tools, and violation of probation. And finally yesterday Charles Pritchard of Lakeport was warned to leave an evacuated area and wouldn’t so he was given a ticket.

Local air quality from the Ranch and River Fires impacted, but also by the Carr Wildfire in Redding and the Ferguson Wildfire in Mariposa. There’s smoke and haze throughout northern California with degrading air quality and reduced visibility. So inland communities downwind of the fires will be impacted including Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Calpella, Ukiah, Hopland, Willits, Covelo and in western Lake County, Lakeport and small communities along Highway 20 and the western Clearlake shore. Air monitors show particulate matter concentrations in the ‘Moderate’ range for most of Mendocino County, but some areas could be ‘Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups’. This may go on thru the week due to hot temperatures and windy conditions.

The Mendocino Complex of Fires still burning hot, but firefighters did stop a bit more of forward movement, with 10 percent containment now on the Ranch fire and eight percent for the River fire. The fires grew by 8,000 acres from last night into this morning with nearly 75,000 acres blackened. Cal Fire reports 12,200 structures are threatened by the fires but there were no structures burned overnight. So far seven homes and three outbuildings have burned. There were also no new evacuation orders overnight. The Lake County Board of Supervisors had a meeting on the fires this morning and heard from Cal Fire that they’re priority is to shore up containment lines
along Highway 20 in greater Blue Lakes and for the River fire along Highway 175. In Lake County 19,000 people have been told to evacuate.

The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has received a Fire Management Assistance Grant from FEMA so federal resources can pour in to Mendocino and Lake counties. The grant for local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs. The State Operations Center and all Cal OES Regional Operations offices have been activated after major fires started burning across the state including the Carr Fire in Shasta County, Ferguson Fire in Mariposa County, the Cranston Fire in Riverside County and the Mendocino Complex burning in Lake and Mendocino counties. The federal grant comes thru the President’s Disaster Relief Fund on cost-share basis, for local, state and tribal agencies so they can apply for 75-percent reimbursement of eligible fire suppression costs.

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