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Most of the people evacuated in the Brooktrails neighborhood have been allowed to return home. One area, officials call Zone 1 has to stay out of the area, that’s the area of Third Gate Road, Skyview Road, Big John Road, Live Oak Drive, and Ryan Creek Road west of the 101. There will be law enforcement stationed in the area with new road closures so nobody can enter the area where there is active fire burning. So both access roads to Ryan Creek Road from the 101 (north and south) and Third Gate road near the Metzler Ridge Road intersection. Nobody can pass the road closures and get into Zone 1 because there is fire damage. There are still evacuation warnings for 3 other Zones. The fire has burned 1,100 acres and destroyed 20 structures. 20 others are damaged and 2,000 are threatened. It’s 40% contained.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors in a special meeting have ratified the Public Health officer’s health emergency declaration due to the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. The fire burned 85,000 acres and destroyed several homes in Lake County, and 363,220 total acres across Lake, Colusa, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties. The fire is 95% contained, but there’s no date certain for full containment yet. The Hennessey Fire, part of the Complex, is the fire that burned in Lake. It’s also 95 percent contained. Lake Co News reports there were thousands, possibly up to 7,000, residents told to evacuate because of the fire.  All evacuation orders and warnings have since been lifted. Hundreds of firefighters are still assigned to the Complex to get that final containment.  The county’s Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace told the board yesterday the emergency proclamation was “mainly to help us move through the cleanup process” which he estimated could begin today.

A lawsuit has been filed against Lake County after a major resort and residential project was approved. The Center for Biological Diversity is suing to get the approval of the Guenoc Valley Mixed Use Planned Development Project reversed. The so-called Maha Guenoc Valley development on 16,000 acres with nearly 1,400 residential estate villas, 400 hotel units and 450 resort residential units. There are also campsites, workforce units, a spa, sports fields, equestrian center, golf course and outdoor entertainment area. Only one Board Supervisor, Rob Brown voted against the project. The Center for Biological Diversity objecting to it being in a fire-prone area with one two-lane road in and out, and that it will bring pollution. They also claim the county’s environmental impact report had violated the state’s Environmental Quality Act.

A man killed in a head on crash near Middletown last week has been identified. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports 74 year old Robert Lewis Cromer was killed in the crash last Friday morning on Highway 29 after he was hit by a Kia Optima driven by Bryan Taber of Clearlake Oaks. The CHP reports Taber in the northbound on Highway 29 and drifted across the double yellow lines and crashed into Cromer. Cromer died at the scene of the crash and Taber had major injuries and was reportedly DUI of prescription meds.

A woman from Lake County has been arrested after a fire broke out along the railroad tracks near the Adventist Health Ukiah Valley hospital in Ukiah. Police say they got several calls Wednesday about the fire in the 200 block of Hospital Drive and that the person who may have been responsible was still parked nearby. Police reported to the area with Ukiah Valley Fire Authority, but the fire had been put out by community members. It burned vegetation and bark after someone says they saw the woman, now identified as Michele Gray toss a burning piece of paper. Gray, aka Michele Huey, of Lucerne also had a felony warrant for her arrest regarding four arsons in Willits on Christmas Eve last year. She’s now charged with suspicion of arson, and arson during a state of emergency and held on $25,000 bail.

The Humboldt County Health Officer says an outbreak of coronavirus led to more than 20 cases after a gathering of as many as 50 people. Health Officer Teresa Frankovich says it’s still against state rules to have gatherings of any size outside a household or living unit. She says now there are positive cases in others who were not at the party because they were exposed to others who were there. She says staying within your own household unit is safest but if you do socialize outside your household, to do it safely with less than 6 people; outdoors only; wear masks unless you are at least 6 feet apart; bring your own food and drinks; carry and use hand sanitizer and if possible, socialize only with this small group.

Fires that had been part of the August Complex and now part of a new one, called the North Zone. It’s made up of the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Vinegar Peak and Willow Basin and are being managed by a different US Forest Service team. The fire’s burning on the Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. Crews working to protect structures in the Ruth Valley. They’re trying to push it to Horse Ridge and Soldier Basin.  The Hopkins just about 50,000 acres and is zero percent contained, the Elkhorn at 69,735 is 58% contained. But the August Complex which still includes these fires as of last night had burned an astounding 746,607 acres. It’s still only 25% contained. More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed in the North Complex, 10 people have been killed and 16 others are missing.

Fires in California this year have burned 26 times higher more acreage than in 2019 during the same time period. There have been 19 fatalities and more than 3,900 structures have been destroyed. The increase in the number of fatalities includes seven more confirmed in the newly named North Complex Fire in Butte County which had been part of the August Complex. The fire blew up yesterday due to the merging of the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, and Vinegar fires. But the smoke layer over a lot of Northern California will help maintain cooler temperatures this weekend and next week increased humidity will also help. But actual expected fire weather is normally in September and October.  The Oak Fire has grown some to 1,100 acres from 863 a day before. Containment also grew to 40% and most evacuees have been allowed to go home in the Brooktrails neighborhood. One Zone is still evacuated and three are warned they could have to leave again.

The LNU Lightning Complex has burned 363,220 acres and firefighters are working to surround the last bit of the fire. It’s 95% contained and has destroyed almost 1,500 acres and killed 5 people, including a traveling firefighter from Texas.

The North Complex, mostly burning in Plumas County has burned 252,534 acres and is 23% contained with evacuations in place. The August Complex is now at almost 491,450 acres and is only 25% contained. It’s burning in the Mendocino National Forest and two others. It’s the largest ever in the state now, blowing past the Mendocino Complex. There will be a another Virtual Public Meeting, last night it was Cal Fire on the Oak Fire, tonight at 7 for the August and North Zone Complex Fires. It’ll be on the Mendocino National Forest @MendocinoNF Facebook page.

FEMA has approved a one week extension on the deadline for those needing help after the LNU Complex. You then have until tomorrow instead of last Saturday to apply with FEMA for critical needs if you’ve lost your home. The Critical Needs Assistance program for life-saving and life-sustaining items like water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items, and fuel for transportation. It’s a onetime $500 payment per household. Your pre-disaster primary residence has to be in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, or Yolo County.

The August Complex has now become the deadliest of the year with reports this morning of ten deaths, in Butte County. The Sheriff there announced seven deaths yesterday and 16 more are missing. And more bodies may be found the Sheriff says as teams are sifting thru burned ground.  A team of anthropologists from Chico State University are helping. More than 2,000 homes and other buildings have been destroyed in the part of the fire, now dubbed the North Complex. Burning in some parts that were devastated by the Camp Fire, not even two years ago. There was an evacuation warning for Paradise lifted yesterday. The town was mostly destroyed by the Camp Fire. There are still about 20,000 people under evacuation orders or warnings in three counties from the fire.

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