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4 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Mendocino County, bringing the total to 541. There were 8 on Saturday.

Several fires are burning in the Mendocino National Forest. The largest of seven, is called the Doe Fire, and has burned 100 acres.  The fire’s described as being about 35 miles northwest of Willows in Glenn County and was ignited by a lightning strike yesterday. The fire is one of several that were sparked by thunderstorms Sunday morning. Some are burning without support until firefighters can get to the scene. The Doe Fire does have resources on site including at least one engine and a couple of airtankers. The rest of the fires were estimated to only have burned a 1/2 acre to 10 acres.

The Sheriff’s office is on the lookout for someone they say may have lit some burn piles in Willits. Mendo Fever is reporting scanner traffic said emergency personnel went to the scene after a man was seen running from the area of Hawk Terrace. Police said they saw the man go into a home, then quickly leave. The news site describes him as a 5’10” parolee who was seen in a gray hoodie & shorts.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors discussing the upcoming election at their next meeting, discuss the current public health orders and how to enforce them, and revisit the appeal of a bioenergy project. Lake Co News reports the Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace will give his weekly coronavirus update first. Then the appeal for the Planning Commission’s approval for the study of a small-scale bioenergy production facility in Kelseyville. Later during the meeting the Registrar of Voters will address the board regarding the latest preparations for the Nov. 3rd presidential election, and to possibly use the board chambers for Election Day. The second and final reading for the enforcement of public health orders ordinance will also happen tomorrow. That will be education, then possible fines.
The meeting can be watched live on Channel 8, online at https://countyoflake.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx and on the county’s Facebook page. Accompanying board documents, the agenda and archived board meeting videos also are available at that link.

To participate in real-time, join the Zoom meeting by clicking this link at 9 a.m. The meeting ID is 930 6842 2167, password 196920.

To submit a written comment on any agenda item please visit https://countyoflake.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx and click on the eComment feature linked to the meeting date. If a comment is submitted after the meeting begins, it may not be read during
the meeting but will become a part of the record.

Red Flag warning, but no word about any public safety power shut offs. In Lake and Mendocino counties, the warning until 5 pm today. Winds, low relative humidity and hotter than normal temperatures, a ripe mix for fires. Thousands of lightning strikes yesterday ignited some smaller fires. The largest, 100 acres in the Mendocino National Forest, the Doe Fire.  The National Weather Service forecasting slight chance of thunderstorms today, which could also spark fires. But there’s also a possibility of scattered showers. Wind later, and a hazardous weather outlook. The hot weather is forecasted thru most of the week getting into the upper 90’s and 100’s.  

A man arrested in Ukiah after police say he terrorized his girlfriend for two days. Police say John Dodd of Willits assaulted the woman at two motels in Willits, locking her in a bathroom and not letting her leave, taking her cellphone. Police got a call to a Safeway grocery store about a man and woman arguing and that it looked like the woman was trying to get away. Police found the woman and two minor children alone; the man had left. She told police Dodd was drunk and cut his own hand with a knife and threatened to blame her for it if she called police. Police sa the victim had multiple visible injuries. Dodd was arrested nearby and had a minor laceration on his hand. He’s charged with robbery, domestic violence, false imprisonment and violating probation. He apparently also resisted and threatened a police officer. His bail was set at $125,000.

After closing for more than a week due to a couple of positive tests at the Mendocino County Assessor-Clerk Recorder’s Office, they’ve reopened.  Two employees in the Assessor Office tested positive for COVID-19 then all close contacts were placed in quarantine. Last Monday they deep cleaned the entire office with the help of the Office of Public Health. The offices reopen tomorrow and will follow strict safety protocols including mask wearing, social distancing and cleaning and sanitizing the public counter between appointments. The public also has to wear a facial covering that fully covers the nose, chin and mouth. And hand sanitizer will be available for visitors. Only 3 people will be allowed in the office at a time. Anyone who canceled appointments will get a call to reschedule as soon as possible. Any further questions, or if you need to make an appointment, call 707- 234-6822 or email acr@mendocinocounty.org.

Sutter Health and UC Davis Health working with more than 2 dozen other healthcare providers across the country to share clinical data regarding COVID cases. The info goes to public health departments, but nothing about hospital capacity. This comes after the federal government started to give hospitals and physicians’ offices electronic health record systems to improve treatment of individual patients. But apparently there’s never been a mechanism to quickly move information on infectious disease from providers to public health agencies. Congress has only allocated half what’s needed so the info is moving slower than Covid-19. A recent report says it could be the reason 300,000 Covid-19 tests were backlogged in Calif.

California is the first state to go past 600,000 cases of COVID-19. Last Thursday the state crossed 602,000 confirmed cases, 100,000 more than 2 weeks before. Now we’re at nearly 621,000 cases with 11,224 deaths as of yesterday, but those were actually Saturday’s numbers. Numbers do appear to be flattening, or headed back down the other side of the curve. Cases doubled over the last month and the amount of people who have died also nearly doubled in the same time period. Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties have the most deaths.

A fire tornado has been reported in Lake Tahoe. The story going viral with a picture of what they’re referring to as a “firenado” which appeared during an out-of-control forest fire north of Lake Tahoe Saturday afternoon. The fire cloud known as a pyrocumulonimbus was just east of the town of Loyalton, about 40 miles west of Reno. It happened when high winds crashed into the flames and swirled them up into the air into a tornado-shaped fire. The Loyalton Fire has burned more than 36,000 acres and is only 5% contained. It jumped a highway and triggered evacuations. Another firenado was caught in Calif. in 2018 during the Carr Fire. Before that there had only been one other documented firenado in Australia in 2003.

Those in California still unemployed due to the pandemic, have lost that extra $600 the federal unemployment added on to claims. Then the president ordered a $400 extension, but it’s up to individual states to fill that amount in. Governor Gavin Newsom says the state of Calif. cannot afford the benefit.  State’s have to put up $100 per week of the total $400, which Newsom says will cost the state about $700 million a week. The state is already in a major hole, a 54 billion dollar gap. The governor says if the federal government comes up with the other $300/week, that will be distributed as quickly as possible. Sacramento’s CBS13 reported Friday they reached out to the unemployment department who says they’re working closely with the state and federal government to see if the lost wage assistance is even happening.

The California Independent System Operator which runs California’s electric grid has called for rotating outages as the state is dealing with record breaking heat. It’s to protect the state’s grid and all utility companies, including PG&E have to participate. They last about 1 to 2 hours for most customers and have nothing to do with Public Safety Power Shutoffs or issues with PG&E’s equipment. So the Independent System Operator has issued a Flex Alert asking you to conserve energy thru Wednesday this week between the hours of 3-10pm.

In Lake County public health is asking residents and businesses to conserve energy during the Flex Alert, set your thermostat to 78° or higher, if your health permits. Try not to use any major appliances; turn off unnecessary lights and appliances, unplug unused electrical devices, close your blinds and drapes, use fans if possible and try to limit the amount of time the refrigerator door is open. You can also, pre-cool your home, or lower air conditioning thermostats to 72 degrees, charge mobile devices and laptops earlier, and electric cars too, run dishwashers, washing machines and other major appliances earlier and set pool pumps to run in the early morning or late at night.

An elderly man from Sonoma is missing and believed to be around the Clearlake area. 78 year old Robert Fuentes’ white Nissan Frontier pickup truck was found in the area this morning. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and Sonoma Police Department say Fuentes hasn’t been seen since last Thursday and left his cellphone at home. Police say it was believed he was just going to the downtown area of Sonoma, but when he didn’t come back he was reported missing. He also apparently has some medical issues which require medicine and treatment. He was last seen in black pants and a gold button-up golf shirt.  Anyone who’s seen Fuentes is asked to immediately call the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office or local police or sheriff’s office.


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