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The Glass Fire in Napa Valley out of control evacuating entire communities. The Press Democrat reports Angwin, for the second time in a month, and the entire city of Calistoga. This is also an economically important time of year for Wine Country, tourism and the harvest. Evacuations were expanded last night to cover mountainous and canyon regions in Calistoga west of Highway 29 and along Highway 128 to the Napa-Sonoma county line. A CAL FIRE spokesperson said residents were in imminent danger. The fire burning where so many others have burned in the last three years, the Tubbs, Nuns and Atlas fires which killed more than 30 people and destroyed more than 7,700 structures in Sonoma and Napa counties. We also have the LNU Lightning Complex which is still burning after first starting the middle of August and is 98% contained.

The state attorney general is suing the Trump administration to outlaw “ghost guns” which cannot be traced. The do it yourself manufactured weapons are not illegal federally so buyers don’t have to have background checks. But the Attorney General Xavier Becerra is asking a federal judge in San Francisco to get a change in the federal government’s policy on ghost guns saying it’s a violation of the common definition of a firearm under federal law. There are two plaintiff’s who have signed on with the state who lost their teenage children at a shooting at a Southern Calif. school.

The Governor has signed a bill into law to help those who’ve lost their home in a wildfire. The bill penned by North Coast Assemblyman Jim Wood will stop insurance companies from deducting the land value of an insured property if the homeowner decides to rebuild or replace their home in a different location. Wood says it’s understandable someone would want to leave the location of their burned out home. The new law, which goes into effect next year, would also give more living expenses to a fire victim if they can’t live in their home or it’s got insufficient infrastructure. And it gives more to replacing the insides of a home so they can immediately buy needed essentials.

Congressman Mike Thompson along with members in Oregon and Iowa are introducing a Disaster package. Thompson is the Chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. He’s introduced the Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 along with Congressman Earl Blumenauer or Oregon and Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer. Thompson says the bill will help survivors of natural disasters, not the pandemic. He says right now his district is in the middle of a devastating fire, destroying homes and businesses, and leaving communities to deal with another round of anxiety and grief. The same for the Oregon rep who’s district is also dealing with massive wildfires. Iowa suffered after a windstorm last month.

The August Complex wildfire continues to burn out of control, adding tens of thousands more acres the last 24 hours and still under 45% contained. The entire fire, which has been split into 3 management zones, has burned nearly 940,000 acres, growing almost 60,000 more acres from the day before. It’s continuing to burn on the Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. CAL FIRE and the US Forest Service are jointly managing the massive inferno, along with the Calif. National Guard and firefighters from across the country. Last night they added more than 1,600 more firefighters to the Complex. The South Zone burning near the Lake Pillsbury area and the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness.

Lake County getting millions from the state like many other counties as part of project Homekey to help with homelessness, or for those at risk of becoming homeless. In Mendocino County, supervisors purchased a motel in Ukiah with their money. In Lake, the county received $3.3 million. Lake Co News reports the county’s Dept. of Social Services is partnering with Adventist Health Clear Lake to work with the nonprofit Hope Rising Lake County to operate Hope Center in Clearlake. Hope Center is running a 20-bed interim housing facility and working to find more housing and helping those at risk of losing their shelter, but who are not utilizing the services at Hope Center.

Smoke from area fires impacting Lake and Mendocino counties. The Grass Fire in Napa and Sonoma Counties along with many other fires in the state and nearby in Oregon are causing unhealthy air quality. The Air Quality Management Districts in each county have put out statements warning areas will be “UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS” to “UNHEALTHY” through tomorrow. But wind conditions could push smoke out of each county too. Smoke concentrations vary depending on location, weather, and distance from a fire. Smoke and ash from wildfires and structure fires have harmful chemicals that can affect your health.

The Mendocino Registrar of Voters office says they’re mailing ballots out Monday to all registered voters. Assessor Clerk Recorder, Registrar of Voters, Katrina Bartolomie put out a statement yesterday after getting a lot of questions about signatures. Two questions they get asked frequently, do you have to sign your mail ballot return envelope exactly as you registered; and what to do if your signature has changed? She says if you think signature has changed a lot, you should re-register. And as for the ballot envelope, you could sign your full name or variation of it as long as the signature style is the same, they will accept the signed ballot envelope.

Ukiah is going to the goats… due to a shortage in inmate crews due to the pandemic, the city’s considering getting goats out to chomp grass and weeds on the Rail Trail and other areas. The Daily Journal reports City Council member Maureen Mulheren came up with the idea to hire the Gonzalez Brush Busters. The company brings goats over to clear vegetation. It would cost the city around $700 per acre and they want to clear just over 100. So a herd of 230 goats and five guardian dogs would come to the city if approved by the City Council. The newspaper reports the contract will be discussed at a special meeting of the council today at 4 pm.

Mendocino College says they’re starting a public lecture series on social and community challenges. The lectures for students and the community at large focusing on relevance and community connection. The college is offering the lectures on Zoom, starting next Tuesday and continuing every first Tuesday of the month. They are taking December and January off, the first lecture, October 6th will be led by a Political Science instructor  called “Thumb on the Scale: Using Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression to Rig Elections”. The topic on how congressional districts are drawn and how politicians enact voting laws to benefit their own party but undermine democracy.

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The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is starting a climate advisory committee after declaring a climate emergency. The Climate Mobilization Project reports 1,783 local governments in 30 countries have declared these emergencies. Mothers Out Front, a group in Woodland says we have to get off fossil fuels before it’s too late as the board of supervisors put the county putting its money where its mouth is, $50,000 in county funds to support the advisory committee. A press release put out by the county says the all volunteer, Yolo County Climate Emergency Coalition will help the county put together a policy statement. The coalition first approached the board back in March.

Reports of a burglary in Ukiah yields no arrest or suspect. Apparently a homeowner called the Sheriff’s Office saying they remotely witnessed the ripoff on their home security camera system, seeing two suspects force entry into their home. The homeowner says at the time, a 13 year old was there alone, but hid from the intruders. Deputies got there 12 minutes after the first contact with the homeowner, who also got home quick. No suspects were found. Deputies say the thieves took more than $50,000.00 cash and some processed/packaged marijuana.

A fire weather watch in effect for the North Bay hills now upgraded to a red flag warning. The change in the forecast for tomorrow starting at 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Friday. The National Weather Service says there could be gusts of 25-30 mph in higher elevations, along with dry conditions and expected low humidity. There are added evacuation warnings for the Glass Fire in Napa County, the fire has burned over 48,000 acres in 3 days and is burning along scars of 3 other fires that blackened the land just 3 years ago. The fire is only 2% contained. On Monday 68,000 people were evacuated, 14,000 are still out of their homes. The Sonoma County Fire Dept. also reports a flare up in the LNU Complex – Walbridge Fire, but it was put down fast.

A missing boater from New Jersey who got lost on Lake Tahoe has been found. Ryan Normoyle had rented a ski boat in August. It washed ashore on the Nevada side of the lake Aug. 10th. He had apparently recorded himself jumping into the water with the boat still in gear, pulling him. Officials say he couldn’t swim fast enough to catch up to the vessel and drowned. They couldn’t find his body at the time, but his family contacted a nonprofit specializing in underwater recovery called Bruce’s Legacy. They found the body last Thursday 1,565 feet underwater and brought him up Saturday. Bruce’s Legacy says it’s the deepest body recovery ever recorded in the United States and Canada.

Coronavirus restrictions are easing in the majority of California counties as there are small signs of a possible surge again. The Press Democrat reports seven counties were upgraded from the purple tier, the most restrictive so they can reopen restaurants, churches, gyms and movie theaters.

Two firefighters on the Glass fire in Napa County had to deploy fire shelter tents due to giant flames. CAL FIRE reports the two were not injured after jumping inside the “aluminized cloth tents”. The fire has blackened 48,440 acres and is 2% contained.

A new management team has taken over the South Zone of the August Complex. The fire’s burned more than 949,000 acres with 47% containment. Crews continue to mop up, check control lines and enhancing structure protection in the Lake Pillsbury area. It’s burning in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama and Trinity Counties
Elk Creek and Stonyford area (Mendocino National Forest)
*949,055 acres, 47% contained
*South Zone 489,151 acres, 70% contained
*North Zone 341,488 acres, 37% contained
*West Zone 118,416 acres, 65% contained
*1 fatality
*86 structures destroyed
*Includes multiple fires including the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, Vinegar, and Doe fires

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