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A new fire has folks evacuated in Covelo. The Eel fire started east of Covelo yesterday afternoon and quickly grew to 865 acres and was threatening 10 structures and a campground last night. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office has ordered evacuations for those living along Mendocino Pass Road, from Black Butte River Ranch east to the Anthony Peak and US Forest Service Road M4, and north from the ranch along County Route M1, also known as Indian Dick Road, for four miles. They’ve also warned others they may have to leave fast. A spokesman for Cal Fire says the fire started in the Black Butte River Ranch area.

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors had an emergency meeting and the Sheriff gave updates on the Mendocino Complex of Fires. He thanked employees that came in on their day off, but also expressed dismay at others who didn’t… The Sheriff says maybe those who didn’t answer their phones or return calls don’t realize they’re emergency service workers, saying it irritates him and that he hopes the CEO’s Office would provide a list of names of people who did come in for positive feedback. The Sheriff also spoke about working with Lake County as they had to move inmates to Alameda County. The Mendocino County CEO confirmed not all employees responded and says some did say they’d come in, and never did. She also says those who did respond, refusing to come in would have a letter added to their personnel file.

The City of Ukiah says it’s shifting focus from low-income housing to those for middle-income residents. At a City Council meeting today, staff will inform the council they will begin to investigate zoning ordinances and city code for possible relief and present a report with recommendations to city council. They will make some recommendations to incentivize for small and denser in-fill housing, investigate possible regulations and policies for incentive-based zoning and to encourage more housing for affordable to middle income households. They will also look into annexation after a study showed it could be more cost effective in Ukiah, Willits and Fort Bragg instead of unincorporated areas of the County.

Fire crews still building containment lines on fires in Northern Calif. as fires continuing burning in Shasta, Mendocino and Lake Counties, burning more than 180,000 acres. Cal Fire reports the weather still in the triple digits with dirty air difficult to breathe. The Carr Fire that tore thru Redding, has burned 113,000 acres. It’s burned 965 homes, 16 businesses and nearly 400 outbuildings. 2 firefighters were killed in the fire and four other people have also died. The Mendocino Complex Fires, the River and Ranch fires have burned more than 80,000 acres and are 22% contained combined. The fire has burned 10 structures, including 7 homes with thousands more threatened.

Help from residents in Humboldt County for those affected by the Carr Fire and a new Fire Fund has been set up. Redwood Capital Bank has opened the account for fire victims and money can be donated in Eureka, Fortuna and Arcata. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri was also helping cook food for survivors along with his son for the Humboldt-Del Norte Cattlewomen for which he tweeted a shout out and a picture of the sliders he was making for the Redding evacuees. Other local businesses are donating to the effort. Items like towels and tissues for firefighters, toilet paper, socks and underwear.

Hundreds more firefighters are coming to Lake County to help get the Mendocino Complex of Fires under control. The fires have burned more than 80,000 acres still starting last Friday. It’s burning in hot temperatures, windy conditions with new burning in the Mendocino National Forest. Late yesterday word that the fires were burning in Scotts Valley, destroying homes outside Lakeport. No word how many as the official count from the two fires was still at seven homes and three outbuildings last night. As many as 12,000 structures were still threatened and The Press Democrat reports at least 14,000 people had been evacuated and cannot go home. The Ranch fire was reportedly threatening Upper Lake and Nice last night and the River Fire was encroaching on Lakeport. Then a new fire broke out, the Eel Fire east of Covelo, with new evacuations to go with it, burning at least 865 acres. The fire is not connected to the Mendocino Complex.

Utility contractors, road workers, private fire crews, and fire engines on the roads that had been cleared of regular traffic. Cal Fire reported to the Lake County Board of Supervisors they had made more gains on the fire after losing some ground a day before. Some folks who had been evacuated over the weekend have been allowed back home.

There are three evacuation shelters operating, at Lower Lake High, but it’s at full capacity, the Twin Pines Casino in Middletown, and Middletown High, which is also taking some pets.

Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin declaring a local emergency and the Lake County Board of Supervisors ratified it unanimously. The Army National Guard got to town yesterday to help watch over evacuated communities and for patrols.

The County Administrative Officer reports most county offices cannot stay open. Staffers, many of which have been displaced from their homes, are responding. The courts are closed with the permission of the state.
As of yesterday, we have reports of as many as 2,900 PG&E customers in the dark. The utility working with Cal Fire to get the power back on with some power poles being pre-treated with fire retardant in a proactive measure.

The Lakeport Post Office was evacuated over the weekend with service moved to Kelseyville, but then they were evacuated and service moed to Clearlake which is also open for residents of Upper Lake, Finley and Nice.

A 14 foot python that disappeared from a pet store during the Carr Fire has been found. The snake got away from Redding Reptiles after being put into a plastic bin and taken to a home. But the snake, named Eres, got away some how. It was found in South Redding in a milk crate.

One of the six people killed in the Carr Fire in Redding has been identified. Sixty-two-year-old Daniel Bush was id’d by his sister Kathi Gaston who says her brother went to his mobile home community last Tuesday after a quadruple heart bypass surgery, but he couldn’t evacuate without help because he wasn’t allowed to drive and roads to his home had been blocked by deputies. Six others are reported missing in the fire. Police reaching out to the public for help. Redding police say they’ve found 14 out of 20 people who had been listed as missing, two of the six reported missing have homes still standing, one is listed as a homeless person.

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