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First responders called out to a serious fire in Boonville this afternoon. Reports say the fire broke out in the 14000 block of Highway 128 around 1:45 PM and spread to several buildings there. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office says you can expect roads around that scene to be closed into the evening because of the fire department activity.

The state is slapping a ban on insurance company non-renewals of homeowner’s policies in areas at high risk for wildfires. Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara says that moratorium will be in effect for at least a year. He says it could mean relief for as many as 800,000 property owners, including many in Northern California, who were told they would no longer be covered once their current policy expires. Lara says more homeowners are being forced into the state’s high-risk pool, which was only intended to be a last resort for people who otherwise couldn’t get insurance. He is calling on insurance companies to work with state lawmakers to come up with a permanent solution.

Local and county governments can now apply for millions of dollars in state emergency aid for the homeless. Governor Newsom has appointed a former presidential advisor to oversee that multi-million dollar plan that was part of the 2019-2020 state budget. He says Matthew Dougherty is an expert on homelessness who worked in both the Obama and Trump administrations. County leaders tell the Lake County News that they are just finding out about the help and will look into it to see if anything is available for Lake County communities

The lights will be bright in Upper Lake on Saturday evening for the community’s annual Holiday Light Parade. The theme of the downtown event this year is the 12 Days of Christmas. In addition to the parade, groups from some Upper Lake Schools will be there selling hot cocoa, hot cider, and school-related merchandise. The festivities start at 6:00 with the parade marching off at 6:30.

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