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A young woman in Hidden Valley Lake reports being sexually assaulted by a man. The 18 year old victim says Mark Greydon Tolson gave her booze in July at his house. She says other young adults under 21 years old were also there and that later in the night she woke up and found the man was sexually assaulting her. The Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives were still investigating the case last week and served a search warrant at Tolson’s home. He was then arrested for Oral Copulation and Sexual Battery. He posted bail and was released.  

The Lake County Public Health Office reports flu season is likely upon us so residents should get flu shots. The statement out from Dr. Gary Pace of concern about the flu season which generally starts in October. Dr. Pace says during the time of COVID, it’s more important to protect the most vulnerable citizens. Dr. Pace says all people are strongly encouraged to get the flu vaccine this year which you can get from your doctor, many pharmacies and at some flu vaccine clinics. There’s a free drive through flu clinic Saturday at the the Lake County Fairgrounds through the “Heroes of Health” event. Dr. Pace and other Public Health Officers in small Northern California counties have been putting out similar statements about getting immunized, especially for healthcare workers.

A new Evacuation Order for the August Complex Wildfire which has now burned acres over 993,000 acres and is still just 54% contained. The order from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office yesterday for what they’re calling Zone N: North of the Middle Fork of the Eel River including the Eel River Ranger Station and Black Butte Store, west and south of the National Forest Boundary, East of Williams Creek.

Evacuation orders for thousands impacted by the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma counties have been allowed to go home. The fire started a week ago in Napa, then spread to Sonoma. In areas previously devastated by massive fires, Oakmont and Kenwood along Highway 12 and neighborhoods along the Porter Creek Road corridor and the Mark West Springs drainage got to go home yesterday. The communities in Santa Rosa and also residents in Calistoga.  The Evacuation Orders were in areas that were outside the burn perimeter of the fire. Containment lines were expanded by firefighters but there were also new evacuation warnings for people near the northern Sonoma County line and southern edge of Lake County. The fire has burned nearly 65,000 acres and is 26% contained.

There are reports of citizens in the path of the Glass Fire lighting their own backfires. CAL FIRE is reportedly looking into the reports of backfires by people who were not firefighters. They have not said whether it was in Sonoma or Napa County. The Press Democrat reports they couldn’t confirm if these were private firefighting crews hired to protect expensive properties in the Napa Valley, where there are vineyards that may be valued at up to $1 million an acre.

The August Complex fire is at just under 995,000 acres and continues to get closer to 1 million acres. The fire has burned thru several counties and forest land, it grew 9,000 acres yesterday alone. The fire is 54 percent contained after first starting in dry lightning strikes Aug. 17th. The fire on the Mendocino, Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests in Colusa, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama and Trinity counties. 108 structures have been destroyed and another 2,200 are threatened. One person was killed early on in the firefight, a firefighter from Texas.

Due to the Glass Fire that’s been burning in Sonoma and Napa counties, now in Lake County, new evacuation warnings for two areas south of Middletown. The fire creeping into the county. It’s been burning for a week. The evacuation warnings in areas south of Rancheria Road, east of the Lake-Sonoma County Line, north of the Lake-Napa County Line and west of Highway 29, and for South Mirable Road, east of Highway 29, north of the Lake-Napa County line and west of McGuire and the Three Peaks ridgeline.

A man from Ukiah has been sent to prison for more than a year for possession of child pornography. 54 year old David Lloyd Osbourn got 16 months in prison after he was found guilty in July for unlawful possession of child pornography. Police started to investigate the man after getting tipped by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in April of 2018. The DA’s office worked on the investigation with police and ultimately charged the man.

17 more cases of COVID-19 over the weekend for Mendocino County to go over 1,000 confirmed cases. There were also 17 more cases announced on Friday night for a total of more than 30 cases in 3 days. Another death was also announced over the weekend for 20 deaths so far. 7 people are in the hospital and there are 124 people in isolation. The county remains in the Purple, most restrictive tier in Calif.’s plan for reopening. The Public Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren says the case rate has doubled over the last week and a half, which may be from Labor Day gatherings, big or small. There was also an outbreak at Ken Fowler Auto Center where more than 20 employees were infected. Dr. Coren also says there are a couple of newer outbreaks in Covelo and Point Arena too.

Clearlake’s looking to get more people to move to town. The City Council has given the greenlight to giving grants of up to $40,000 to pay for various fees to build homes on a city owned lot. The Record Bee reports City staff has recommended  $1 million be used from former redevelopment agency bonds for what they’re calling the Homestead Program. Those interested have to be at the median to moderate income rate per the state Department of Housing and Community Development. That’s $49,500/year for an individual or $84,850 for a four-person household.

Wildfires have burned almost 4 million acres in Calif. this year. A new report says drinking water’s been tainted after at least 3 fires in 3 years, the Tubbs, Camp and CZU Lightning Complex. It could cost hundreds of millions to fix the damaged water systems. Nearly 2 dozen wildfires are still burning and more than 30 people have been killed. Tests of water systems after fires are showing benzene at as much as 40,000 times the state’s limits in some areas. A recent study from Purdue University says long term exposure can cause leukemia, and immediate, high exposure may cause some to become dizzy and hurt their stomach.  Cleaning the water includes removing poisoned pipes, which we’ve seen after the Camp Fire where the benzene was found at 2,200 times the state limit. It’ll cost at least $50 million for just that town to have work done. One neighborhood in Napa is testing their water after the LNU Lightning Complex and now the Glass Fire.

For the first time in modern history Calif. has had one fire that’s reached more than one million acres. The August Complex which is burning in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama and Trinity Counties hit just under 1,002,100 acres and remains 54% contained. This morning we reported the fire had burned just under 994,000 acres, so the fire jumped a lot from last night. The Forest Service gave an update on four zones of the fire, the South Zone 543,114 acres, North East Zone 260,078 acres, North West Zone 64,069 acres and West Zone 134,836 acres. 159 structures have been destroyed.

Progress has been made on the Glass Fire, the fire started just a week ago and has burned nearly 65,600 acres with 30% containment. The fire grew in hot and dry conditions nearly 700 more acres yesterday but firefighters did add 4% containment. So far they’ve counted nearly 500 homes destroyed, 235 in Sonoma County and 252 in Napa County. CAL FIRE reports nearly 22,000 structures are still threatened. Some residents who had been ordered to evacuate have been allowed to return home. However the fire inched up to Lake County so some other neighborhoods have also been evacuated over the last 24 hours.

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