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A fire in Lake County that sparked over the weekend has been fully contained. The Oak Fire started Saturday afternoon off Hwy 29 and Cole Creek Rd leading to some evacuation orders in southern Kelseyville. Cal Fire reported it was threatening about 150 structures and burned 53 acres. Evacuation orders for Hwy 29 and Cole Creek Road and Live Oak Drive were reduced to warnings hours later, then totally lifted and all roads open late into Saturday night. One structure did burn, but Cal Fire reported they believed it was an outbuilding.

The final county budget is being worked out by the Lake County Board of Supervisors. The board meets tomorrow and takes up the nearly 260-million dollar spending plan. The County reportedly looking to collect an increase of more than 5.5% in property taxes about 2 and a quarter percent over last year. The County is getting so called property tax backfill, that’s where the state agreed to help Lake County after massive wildfires. The Board is also set to take up an ordinance on industrial hemp, and possibly form an ad hoc committee to come up with ideas for industrial hemp regulations.

A fire in the Mendocino National Forest has its acreage adjusted to reflect less acreage. The Henthorne fire started last Thursday outside of Covelo in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. It was mapped at about 380 acres burned, but now forest officials adjusted it to 237 acres. It’s 15% contained. Crews were reinforcing firelines and dousing burning brush around the containment lines. Forest officials say they expect cooler conditions to help control the fire. Other fires burning in nearby areas include the Red Bank fire near Red Bluff, burning more than 8,800 acres and it’s 50-percent contained, the Swedes fire in Butte County, east of Oroville has burned 400 acres and is 30-percent contained, and another in Butte, the Forbestown fire at 58 acres, also east of Oroville, is 85% contained.

A seaplane crashes into Clear Lake this weekend… the pilot and his wife have minor injuries. Lake Co News reports the pair were in the 40th annual Clear Lake Seaplane Splash In Saturday at the old Natural High School property and just as it was concluding in the afternoon, the pair crashed near Library Park. The Lakeport Fire Chief says it happened just after takeoff when the pilot was going for a left-hand turn, and possibly hit some wind which downed the plane, but thankfully it stayed on the water’s surface and didn’t sink. The news site reports witnesses said they saw the seaplane cartwheel on the water after hitting a crosswind. The couple had minor injuries.

A packed schedule for the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. The agenda for their regular meeting tomorrow includes matters like cannabis taxes, updates on the Mental Health Treatment Act Citizen’s Oversight Committee and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) investigation. County supervisors are discussing how businesses can register for Industrial Hemp Cultivation and if there should be regulation changes or limitations. There’s currently a moratorium in place on hemp for various reasons until next February in the unincorporated areas of Mendocino County.

An inmate at the Lake County Jail has filed in court for wrongful imprisonment saying he was left in a hot transport van outside the jail for too long. Joshua Murray filed the writ of habeas corpus saying he and two others were left in a hot transport van without air conditioning or ventilation July 16th. In court papers he says the trio were left chained and caged in the van with all of the windows up and no ventilation for about 40 minutes, and it was probably about 140 degrees in the van and were finally rescued after screaming, kicking and banging on the van. The story confirmed by another of the inmates left in the van. The jail says a side door to the van was open and the temperature outside was 78 degrees, and the three were left about 20 minutes and showed no signs of distress nor did they ask for help.

A fundraiser planned in Mendocino County to restore the Guest House’s stained glass. The Fort Bragg-Mendocino Coast Historical Society and several local businesses and others working to help restore three stained glass panels facing Main Street in Fort Bragg for more than a century. There will be a raffle and gala at the Guest House later this month, Saturday Sept. 28th featuring prizes by local artists, nights out at Fort Bragg establishments, a kayak trip on Big River, gift certificates and more to raise funds for the restoration. If you’re interested, you can grab a ticket at Harvest Market and the Guest House itself.

A man in Willits has been arrested after reports of a domestic disturbance. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Dept. reports getting a call Saturday after a woman said she was physically assaulted by her husband. They say when they got to the house, she was hiding in the woods waiting for them. They found 21 year old Tavion Johnson at the front door with a fresh scratch mark on his lip and other scratch marks on the left side of his neck which he said he got in a fight with the victim. She came forward when deputies arrived. She says he chased her and grabbed her and tried to stop her from leaving and choked her. The fight over money. She also had injuries consistent with the report. Johnson had warrants and was on probation, so he was arrested for domestic violence battery, false imprisonment, violation of probation and held on $30,000.00 bail.

The board of directors at Mendocino Coast District Hospital have received a pair of appeals from some on the medical staff requesting no more infighting and a renewed focus on more productive work for the future of the hospital. The Advocate newspaper reports Doctors Zoe Berna and Barbara Kilian with the same message but in separate statements. Berna requesting more unity and teamwork gets her a round of applause at the last board meeting and Kilian said patients are being hurt by the lack of teamwork too. The board later voted to put a new Electronic Health Records System on hold until they iron out the kinks, and the possibility of a takeover by Adventist Health means they may not even use that manufacturers system anyway.

A man in Eureka and a load of cattle are dead after an accident over the weekend. The CHP reports the accident Sunday morning with the man driving a truck and losing control on Alderpoint Road at Burr Creek Bridge. The truck broke thru the bridge railing over Burr Creek and the truck went into the river, landing on its side. The man died on the scene and 20 head of cattle he had on his truck also died. The California Highway Patrol closed the road and set up an investigation along with several area fire departments, Cal Fire and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office. They say they don’t believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash.

A giant wildfire in gold country has charred more than 68 square miles. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say they’ve only got the fire in the Plumas National Forest 7 percent contained due to erratic winds blowing in the area. It’s burned nearly 44,000 acres after starting last Wednesday.  There are mandatory Evacuation Orders in place for several areas with an evacuation center at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. There are several road closures in place too. There’s a dense smoke advisory in the area.

Since Pacific Gas & Electric is in bankruptcy and faces several billion in claims after wildfires in Northern Calif. in 2017 and 18, San Francisco is offering to buy part of the utility’s assets. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the city’s offering $2.5 billion so the city can take over the management of part of the power system to run on its own. The Mayor of the City and its City Attorney say their offer was “competitive, fair and equitable” and could help the utility company gain financial stability. The two released a statement Sunday saying they look forward to, “positive, collaborative discussions with PG&E on this critical issue”. The newspaper reports the offer was presented before the utility company was supposed to turn in its plan today for reorganization of its finances to get out of bankruptcy.

The federal government says Calif. has to do more about its’ concrete highway safety barriers damaged by cars. After the deadly crash of a Tesla in Autopilot mode, federal safety regulators recommended state transportation officials get on the repair of the barriers quickly. The National Transportation Safety Board report that went public today claims officials in California never fixed a Highway 101 safety barrier where the Tesla crash killed a man. The barrier had been damaged about a week and a half before in a crash. The report also says the CHP responded to that crash and never told the California Department of Transportation about the damage as required.

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