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Evacuations have been ordered in Clearlake Oaks as at least 5 homes have burned in a fire. The fire reported last night before 6 and was dubbed the Hoover fire as it’s burning in the area of 1st and Hoover streets. The fire reportedly started in one home, then spread from flying embers onto fences and in yards. The Press Democrat reports some residents used garden hoses to try to stop the spread, but it was windy. Power lines were also down in the area and PG&E was on the scene last night. There were no injuries, but the newspaper reports firefighters were challenged by hot temperatures and fast moving winds. The fire was contained to that neighborhood and the Red Cross arrived to help.  

A 4½-acre fire near Nice had neighbors evacuating. The fire was 3 acres at first before jumping less than half its size. It was contained in about an hour. But there were roads closed for hours so firefighters could monitor the situation. Evacuations were lifted about 90 minutes after being ordered.

Many of the larger counties in the state are ordering residents to put their masks on, even the fully vaccinated, that’s against what the CDC and state are saying for indoor settings. But county officials say it will help slow the spread of the virus. Across the Bay area, health offices were strongly encouraging mask wearing by all residents because infections and hospitalizations were rising. Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma, along with the city of Berkeley were asking for masks to be worn. Also in Sacramento, Yolo and Fresno counties. LA county too, but the sheriff there says he’s not going to enforce it, because it’s not backed by science. All of those counties make up nearly the entire state.

The fires keep burning, like every summer. But now the National Weather Service is issuing a fire weather watch for almost all of Northern Calif until 5pm today. Nothing from PG&E though on a possible Public Safety Power Shutoff. Forecasts called for dry thunderstorms throughout the region, especially at higher elevations. There’s also a red flag warning in effect for the eastern Sierra Nevada from the Oregon state line south into Central California.  The one large fire burning in the region, the Dixie fire burning in Butte and Plumas counties near the Feather River Canyon has blackened nearly 19,000 acres, exploding almost 9,000 in a day. It’s only 15% contained.

A woman in Ukiah’s landed in the hospital after reports of a solo car crash in the 100 block of Brush St. Police say the woman hit a utility pole then got out and ran away. She was described as being a Hispanic female wearing a hot pink shirt, last seen running northbound toward the Fairgrounds Friday. Cops went to the scene finding the car with major damage, then later found Luna Magdaleno bleeding and looked to have serious injuries. Police say she seemed drunk and admitted she was indeed drinking before the crash. She was then taken to the hospital and not booked on DUI quite yet. She was already on probation for a previous DUI and had a suspended driver’s license. A police report was taken but because of Magdaleno’s injuries she was not immediately arrested.

The first in person meeting’s being held by the Lakeport City Council since the pandemic first surfaced. At the meeting, the council will meet the city’s newest member of the police force, K-9 Olin and his human partner, Kaylene Strugnell. Council chambers are open to the public, following state guidelines from Cal OSHA. Those not fully vaccinated must wear a mask. The meeting will be hybrid though, some on Zoom too.  The new police dog has been trained in narcotic detection and has patrol certification including suspect tracking and apprehension. He’s the first since K-9 Max retired in 2009. Lakeport police will also present a use of force report to the city council.

A man from Potter Valley has been reported missing and police are asking for the public’s help finding him. The family of PJ Bruggeman, Jr. says they’ve not seen or heard from him since last Thursday. His partner says she saw him that day near his home. He’s considered at-risk. A Nixle Alert was issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office last week. He’s described as 5′ 11”, 160 pounds w/blonde dreadlocks and several tattoos. Family members say he left home without transportation and left his wallet and phone. Search and Rescue were reportedly searching in the Mid-Mountain Road area of Potter Valley on foot and using off-road vehicles.  

Probation officers in Lake County are being honored by the Board of Supervisors. The‌ ‌board is meeting in person and will stream the meeting on local cable. They will also allow participants via Zoom too. They will first proclaim this week as Probation Officers Week in Lake County. Later as the supervisors sit as the Sanitation District Board of Directors, they’ll mull a resolution over delinquent sewer fees for the Lake County Sanitation District.

Going against guidelines from the CDC, the University of California system is mandating vaccinations against COVID19 this fall. It’s changing course for the system because back in April they said they’d only mandate vaccines after the FDA gave full approval, not just emergency approval for the vaccines. Then last month UC said they’d require them without FDA approval but didn’t say what triggered the reversal in their previous policy. This they say is the final policy for their 10 campuses. The UC President says they decided on it after consulting with infectious disease experts and continuing to look over evidence from medical studies about how dangerous COVID-19 and its emerging variants of concern are. But the 23-campus California State University system says they still plan to await full FDA approval of at least one existing vaccine before mandating it.

It didn’t go well during a forest consultation tour between representatives of Cal Fire and the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians. Mendo Voice reports talks broke down last Tuesday while a group of activists gathered for a prayer circle at the main Caspar entrance to Jackson Demonstration State Forest. So there was no tour with the two sides after all. Apparently over 80 people showed up. They tell the news site Cal Fire didn’t want to take part in the forest tour due to concern of counter protesters also possibly showing up. The tribe had requested a government to government consult regarding timber harvesting in the forest.

A new report says Lake Mendocino may not meet its August storage target. The State Water Resources Control Board ordered emergency regulation for water rights holders in the Russian River watershed for certain levels. But the Lake met its targets twice in July. But it’s only getting hotter. The GM of the Russian River Flood Control & Water Conservation Improvement District says storage levels trigger the Curtailment of Diversions to Protect Water Suppliers and Threatened and Endangered Fish in the Russian River Watershed after about 26,109 acre feet on or before August 1st. Those impacted will get a notice in snail mail.

The Grand Jury report has been released regarding technology in Mendocino County. The report critical of the county CEO and BOS saying the entities have not clearly defined the scope, authority or recruitment strategy for the proposed Chief Information Officer position. The report goes on to say the IT Master Plan has been delayed almost two years as it’s a low priority. The report says there’s no reason for various departments to not be able to report to a central IT Dept. There’s no communication the Jury reports about IT’s priorities and project initiatives. And since there’s no project managers some plans are unfulfilled or not planned. The county also has not secured its systems with an independent audit in over 15 years.

A special, limited meeting is being held by the Board of Supervisors. They were supposed to talk over and possibly take action on creating a Public Safety Advisory Board. They can either adopt an associated ordinance to create the Board, or amend the ordinance to instead create a Sheriff Oversight Board or other alternative model.

The Clearlake City Council revisiting the Burns Valley development project, plus they’re working with PG&E for long term use of the Clearlake Community Senior Center as a Customer Resource Center in the case of Public Safety Power Shutoffs. The so-called Customer Resource Centers (CRC) are being put up in service areas for those who need electricity at all times. There are also restrooms there, air-conditioned rooms, chairs to sit in, water and other essentials. The last time needed, the senior center was utilized, and there was a short term agreement with PG&E for it. But that expired. So the city and the utility company entered into a longer agreement for continued use of the facility.

Congressman Mike Thompson has announced a request for a transportation project in Lake County is being included in the Fiscal Year 2022 funding legislation the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development has released. It includes nearly a half million dollars just for the Kelseyville Sidewalk Project.

The Bureau of Land Management in Ukiah is asking for public comment on travel management planning for trails and roads in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. They’re also holding a Zoom meeting this Wednesday on the matter. They already had a couple of workshops where they outlined the issues that should be addressed after receiving some public comment. Six years ago the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was designated by Presidential Proclamation so almost 331,000 acres of public lands in Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Yolo counties can be used for recreation, hunting, fishing and livestock grazing.

A man has been arrested for arson after reports of a dumpster fire. Police got a call to the Fairfield Inn. Surveillance video caught a man, they’ve since identified and arrested. Nathaniel Chim of Fort Bragg was arrested by deputies last Thursday.

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