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Two people have been found dead in a creek in Ukiah. Police report the two men’s bodies were found Tuesday night near a small park in Doolan Creek. Police say it doesn’t appear to be foul play but they’ve not released any official cause of death. The two men have reportedly been identified but their names were not released. They said the men, one 32, the other 43 years of age were found by someone passing by the area.

A fuel tanker has crashed into a tree in Covelo. The CHP reports the driver of a 2019 International truck with around 2,000 pounds of diesel fuel was headed west on Highway 162 near Barnes Lane Tuesday night and for some reason came off the edge of the road and rolled, crashing into the tree. The driver was reportedly killed. Mendocino County Environmental Health and the Redwood Empire Hazardous Incident Team were on the scene to off load the diesel fuel from the truck. The highway was closed for about an hour after the crash for the fuel transfer.

The change to have jury selection for trials in Lake County at the fairgrounds has been approved. The Presiding Superior Court Judge went to the state to get the judicial emergency order approved so that proceedings can be held outside of the Lake County Courthouse in Lakeport due to the pandemic, for social distancing. Lake Co News reports the chief justice signed the order about two weeks ago. There are six cases affected by the emergency order, three got time waivers so they can be set later than state law of 60 days.  Apparently cases set for trial in the Superior Court were either resolved or rescheduled up until now. The Public Health Officer had suggested the court move jury selection due to cramped quarters at the courthouse.

A new evacuation warning for part of Lake County due to the growing LNU Lightning Complex. For the Lake-Colusa county line. It grew yesterday afternoon and this morning to 370,000 acres charred so far. The fire is now 33 percent contained. So far, it’s destroyed 1,080 structures and damaged another 272. There are still 30,500 in harms way. The fire that’s getting close to Middletown, still a priority. The Hennessey is burning in Lake, Napa, Solano and Yolo counties. The Walbridge, part of the complex in Sonoma County hit 19% containment and grew to 55,353 acres with 19-percent containment. The Meyers fire north of Jenner is less worrisome to firefighters they say, it’s 97% contained, after blackening 2,360 acres. The new evacuation warning affecting those in Spring Valley, Long Valley and the Double Eagle Ranch subdivision.

More cases of coronavirus in Lake County. The case count has stayed pretty low, with new reports coming weekly from the Public Health Office. There are 23 active cases in the county, 33 more positive cases than a week before. Five are in the hospital, the most so far. 3 people have died from coronavirus in Lake County and almost 9,400 have been tested so far. There have been 314 positive cases, less than half what Mendocino County reported in their last county, 656. 

Parts of the Mendocino National Forest are closed due to the August Complex of fires. The fire started with many others across Northern Calif. more than a week ago during a lightning storm. The fire has blackened more than 200,400 acres and is only 17 percent contained. The largest section is known as the Doe Fire which has burned more than 160,000 and is 31-percent contained. There are also several dozen smaller fires that are part of the complex in Glenn County on the Grindstone Ranger District and the Hull on the Upper Lake Ranger District. That has burned nearly 5,000 acres and is only 5-percent contained.

The biggest fire and biggest area of concern in the LNU Complex, the Hennessey still burning out of control, but fire officials say they’ve got a better handle on it. The Middletown section of the fire in treacherous terrain where the Valley fire burned before it, 5 years ago. The fire on its own has burned more than 303,000 acres with 33% containment. A Cal Fire spokesman says with cooler temperatures they were trying to get ahead of the fire, and they’re bringing in more resources to help. Lake Co News reports 250 National Guard troops got to Santa Rosa yesterday to help on the massive LNU Complex which started in Napa County last week.

After new guidance was released from the CDC saying asymptomatic people with Covid-19 may not need testing, the Governor said nope… and the Sonoma County Health Officer says she’s not going to follow the new testing guidelines either.  Dr. Sundari Mase says the county will continue to test anyone who’s been in close contact with a known case. The new guidelines from the CDC after reported pressure from the White House. Public Health experts say that could spread the contagious disease more. Dr. Mase says the state has advised to keep testing people who want to be tested, whether they’re asymptomatic or symptomatic.

Cooler weather and more humidity aiding firefighters in Northern Calif. More equipment and resources also came to firefighters on the LNU Complex. 35,000 people who were under evacuation orders were allowed to go home too. The chief for Cal Fire in charge of the incident says firefighters and utility workers went to areas and cleared them so residents could return after they gained a little bit more containment on the massive fire last night. The fire, he says, jumped a highway and started to threaten structures in Yolo County. That led to more evacuations near the town of Rumsey.

Air quality in Mendocino County has improved a little, but the Air Quality Management District says smoke from Northern Calif. fires is impacting the air quality with moderate to unhealthy range for most of the county thru tomorrow. Inland communities and surrounding areas may also see some short periods of “Very Unhealthy” air quality depending on fire, wind, and other meteorological conditions. The agency says coastal areas can expect good air quality in the morning, then “Moderate” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” later in the day.

A new police chief has been named in Willits. Alexis Blaylock was part of the San Diego Police Dept. for almost 25 years where she was a patrol officer and had specialized assignments like dignitary protection, border crime suppression, internal affairs and juvenile services. She was also an adjunct professor who taught Police Investigative Report Writing for the San Diego Community College District.  She retired from San Diego and continued training officers as a consultant across the state. She also worked as a public safety officer at USC and has donated time and effort to charitable causes.

A new report shows many workers comp claims across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic. More claims in June and July than any month of the pandemic, with over 27,000 claims from May to July. The claims the report says could add up to over $2 billion in costs to employers and their insurance companies because employers in Calif. have to pay for workers’ comp coverage and for those who file claims they could get lost wages, medical benefits or death benefits for their families.  The Workers Compensation Institute says its recorded at least 140 workers families who had applied for death benefits since the pandemic first arose in March. Imperial County had the highest rate of COVID-19 claims.

Local businesses in Lake County will be able to get federal coronavirus stimulus money. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve allocations of CARES Act funding for local businesses, senior centers and more thru the COVID-19 pandemic. The board made the decision after hearing from a committee formed to decide how the $6.6 million from the federal CARES Act would be spent. The committee reportedly wanted approval for $5.5 million to be used on basic disaster response and the rest for a secondary category like grants for local businesses and meal programs for senior centers.

Firefighters get a hand from mother nature with better weather conditions aiding their containment efforts. Cal Fire reports more than 15,600 firefighters on over two dozen major fires and lightning complexes across the state. In the last 24-hours there were over two dozen lightning strikes in Northern California so firefighters continue to monitor for more lightning lit wildfires. They’re reporting more containment at a faster rate than before thanks to the weather. 96 out of state fire engines have also been assigned to fires. The extra resources, good humidity and lower temps overnight helpful to firefighters. Cal Fire reports warmer conditions expected over the weekend with possible thunderstorms in the upper portion of northern California and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The LNU complex is at just under 370,000 acres and 33% contained. Almost 1100 structures have been destroyed and five people have died.

Reports of shots fired in Ukiah early this morning. Police responded to the area of S. Orchard Avenue after several 911 calls. Police searched the area looking for possible victims and saw two men then several expended bullet casings on the ground near them. They were detained but found not to be involved. Police say there were two cars and a home with people inside also hit by gun shots. Police say witnesses saw a car speeding in the area of where they heard the shots fired and later found some nearby homes had surveillance cameras. They’re looking over the footage and asks anyone who may know anything to call.

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