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29 people are confirmed dead across California since the fires began on Sunday with 15 of them in Sonoma County and eight of them in Mendocino County. There were two others in Napa and four in Yuba. Officials expect that number to rise with nearly 400 people still said to be missing although spotty communications continue to hamper the ability to track down some who may have safely evacuated but can’t reach relatives.

Governor Jerry Brown spoke earlier today (Thursday) before a bill signing ceremony so say more firefighting help is on the way from the federal government and other states, but says we have never seen anything like this and there is a long way to go especially with the shifting winds.

Redwood Complex 32,100 acres and 5% contained

Sulphur 2,500 acres and 45% contained

Tubbs 34,270 acres and 10% contained

Nun’s 14,690 acres 3% contained

There is a Sulphur Fire community meeting at Clearlake City Hall tonight at 6pm. Officials will discuss damage assessment and plans for recovery.

There are no mandatory evacuations in Middletown. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued an evacuation advisory notice for residents of Middletown but an advisory is not a mandatory evacuation, just a notice to gather medications, pets and important papers just in case. The Sheriff’s Office is currently monitoring fire activity from the Tubbs and Pocket fires in Napa County and Sonoma County and if the situation worsens the Sheriff’s Office will issue a mandatory evacuation notice.

There is also an advisory evacuation notice for the Lake Pillsbury Basin area and say if you leave to use Elk Mountain Road because of fire activity from the Redwood/Potter Fires in Mendocino County. They also warn there’s limited communication in the Pillsbury Basin so they’re asking for residents to pass on this information to neighbors.

There are still two evacuation shelters open in Lake County:

Twin Pine Casino in Middletown

Seventh Day Adventist Church on Park Way in Lakeport.

There are still three evacuation shelters open in Mendocino County:

Ukiah High School
Willits High School
Hopland Band of Pomo Indians Gymnasium

Large Animals: Mendocino County is asking that large animals that are stray or injured (horses/goats/sheep) go to the Fairgrounds in Ukiah but owned horses that are not injured please be taken to the Boonville Fairgrounds.

Konocti, Middletown and Kelseyville Unified School Districts closed for Friday

Lakeport, Upper Lake, and Lucerne School Districts open as normal Friday.

Ukiah Unified Schools are closed for the week.

Willits Unified Schools are closed for the week.

If you suffer respiratory issues like asthma and need an N25 mask due to the smoky air Mendocino County is holding two "drive through" event for the public to pick one up in Ukiah and Willits. There are 500 available and it’s one per person. Today (Thursday) in Ukiah its at 3:3Oon at Frank Seek School. In Willits it’s Friday at 9:30am at the Willits Library.

Lake County has received many requests for information on how to most effectively make donations to assist Sulphur Fire Survivors and their families. Cash donations are most helpful. The County is unable to accept clothing and other in-kind donations.

North Coast Opportunities and Redwood Credit Union are once again stepping up to facilitate monetary contributions to wildfire relief.

Cash donations can be made here:

https://www.ncoinc.org/

https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief

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There is a Mendocino/Lake Redwood/Sulphur Fire Community Meeting at 2pm at Ukiah High School. If you cannot make the meeting, they are Livestreaming and keeping the recordings on the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

There is a Sulphur Fire community meeting at Clearlake City Hall tonight at 6pm. Officials will discuss damage assessment and plans for recovery. The Sheriff’s Office days the Sulphur Fire is holding at 2,500 acres with 45% containment but they are also continuing to monitor the fire activity related to the Tubbs, Pocket, and Redwood/Potter Fires since situations have been changing rapidly this week.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued an advisory evacuation notice for the Lake Pillsbury Basin area. This is not mandatory, but the sheriff’s department is encouraging residents to use Elk Mountain Road to leave because of fire activity from the Redwood/Potter Fires in Mendocino County. They also warn there’s limited communication in the Pillsbury Basin so they’re asking for residents to pass on the information to neighbors.

There are still two evacuation shelters open in Lake County:

Twin Pine Casino in Middletown

Seventh Day Adventist Church on Park Way in Lakeport.

There are still three evacuation shelters open in Mendocino County:

Ukiah High School
Willits High School
Hopland Band of Pomo Indians Gymnasium

The Konocti and Middletown Unified School Districts closed for Friday

Lakeport, Upper Lake, and Lucerne School Districts open as normal Friday.

The Kelseyville Unified School District will be making a decision later today.

Ukiah Unified Schools are closed for the week.

Willits Unified Schools are closed for the week.

If you suffer respiratory issues like asthma and need an N25 mask due to the smoky air Mendocino County is holding two "drive through" event for the public to pick one up in Ukiah and Willits. There are 500 available and it’s one per person. Today in Ukiah its at 3:3Oon at Frank Seek School. In Willits come tomorrow at 9:30am to the Willits Library.

2500 acres have burned in the Sulphur Fire, but the containment lines for that fire have grown to 45%. 6 people have been reported dead by the Sheriff’s Office in this fire and the Redwood Valley Fire which they’re calling the Redwood Complex. 8000 are evacuated. There’s a community meeting planned in the Ukiah High cafeteria this afternoon at 2. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued an advisory evacuation notice for the Lake Pillsbury Basin area. This is not mandatory, but the sheriff’s department is encouraging residents to use Elk Mountain Road to leave because of fire activity from the Redwood/Potter Fires in Mendocino County. They also warn there’s limited communication in the Pillsbury Basin so they’re asking for residents to pass on the information to neighbors.

A fire in Geyserville now at 4,000 acres, with evacuation orders in both Napa and Sonoma Counties. The Pocket Fire is burning off Pocket Ranch and Ridge Ranch Roads, with no containment reported.

The Potter Valley Fire known as the Redwood Complex has burned several thousand more acres in the last 24 hours. The fires covering Potter Valley and Clearlake have charred 30,000 acres, burned 250 homes and 90 minor structures and is threatening 800 more. Firefighters were building containment lines yesterday, but erratic fire behavior due to windy conditions has the fire threatening various communities and infrastructure. They also report the fire burning in steep inaccessible terrain. The fire is only 5% contained.

There are new mandatory evacuations for Potter Valley area; all roads in and out feeding Potter Valley Road south to Highway 20 and east to the Lake County line. Those evacuating from the area are being told to head south to Hwy 20, and those leaving from Lake County and the Lake Pilsbury side should travel southeast on Elk Mountain Rd to Upper Lake.

The City of Willits says they’re mostly back to normal now and have almost complete restoration of communications systems, but still have some issues with landlines which AT&T is apparently working on. No evacuations have been ordered.

P,G&E reporting they’re still working to see if homes and businesses without power can get it turned back on, of if they need to be left off for safety concerns. The utility warning the public it’s critical they have access to meters for gas restoration. The gas has to be shut down before the service can go back on again. They also may need to enter homes to turn pilot lights back on. They’re asking anyone who may have a locked gate blocking the meter, to call P,G&E at 1-800-743-5000.

One of the evacuation shelters for the Clearlake — Sulphur Fire has moved. The shelter was at the Grace Church in Kelseyville, but now it’s at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lakeport. Those needing shelter are being encouraged to go to the church for help. We have their phone numbers listed on our website and Facebook page.

The Clearlake City Council is considering a local emergency due to the Sulphur Fire at their meeting, plus they’ll take time for updating the regulations related to marijuana dispensaries. The meeting tonight will include the ratification of a local emergency because of the latest fire in Lake County. The Sulphur Fire’s burned 2,500 acres. The City Manager says he declared a local emergency early Monday, but the council has to ratify it.

The Sheriff in Mendocino County says even though there were evacuation orders for Redwood Valley residents to go to Ukiah and Willits, some didn’t leave and he’s unsure if they’re okay, noting it’s a crime to stay. The Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office says if anyone refuses to leave or they go into an closed off by police, area they could be fined or even face six months in prison. The DA’s office says even though there’s a potential for these punishments, it’s more about letting people know that it’s for their safety. They add they’re not telling people to leave for any other reason. Cal Fire reports 2 serious injuries in the Redwood Complex fires and one death.

New evacuation orders for those in Sonoma and Napa counties due to shifting winds. Thousands have been told they must leave their homes after a third day of fire activity. Flames reaching Sonoma, but fire crews put up a protective barrier around the historic General Vallejo home. Deputies were on loudspeakers in the central plaza, yelling for people to leave. In Calistoga, the entire town has been told to leave their homes, police going door to door as some barely made it out past walls of flames.

Firefighters still in Santa Rosa too, trying to beat back flames which some said they could see way out in the Bay Area.

The Cal Fire Sonoma County Division Chief says there’s several fires burning out of control, which all have the potential to merge together. There are a total of 11 fires in Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Solano and Mendocino counties which have seared through nearly 140,000 acres. 23 people have been killed, 13 in the Tubbs Fire alone. Thousands of homes and businesses have burned to the ground in the fire. It alone has burned 31,000-acres. More than 29,000 homes, the majority in Santa Rosa, are still threatened. And more than 570 were destroyed.

The biggest fire in the area though is the Atlas fire, mostly in Napa County, which has burned more than 42,000 acres. The Atlas Fire is only 3% contained and the Tubbs is at 10%.

After the Governor announced the emergency declaration, firefighters from across the West came to Northern Calif, as did police and National Guard troops. They’re making sure people leave their homes and that they have something to come back to, watching for looting and helping to keep communities safe.

Some of the regions finest vineyards and wineries are gone now or the ones that continue to stand now have to deal with a smoke taint or ash on their grapes.

In Geyserville, what was reported at 1,800-acres, the Pocket fire has blown up to more than double that size. The fire has now charred 4,000 acres and is threatening the River Rock Casino along Highway 128. Yesterday it jumped containment lines east of Geyserville and was headed south.

The Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman says there are 6 deaths in the fires in the Redwood Complex as of yesterday mid-day. Allman says they expect that includes children and others who were trying to leave their homes as the fire moved quickly down a ridge in the middle of the night. All of the deaths were reported in Redwood Valley. The Mendocino County area fire is from Redwood Valley north of Ukiah through Potter Valley toward Willits. Redwood Valley is under mandatory evacuation orders. There’s no official word, but fire officials say they think the fire was caused by wind and a downed power line.

There are reports of several missing people in the Sonoma County fires. Hundreds are unaccounted for because of either downed cell phone or landlines or perhaps they got caught in one of the many fires. Some families tell the Press Democrat, they’ve visited all the known evacuation centers and several hospitals to no avail. There are now 22 reported wildfires in Northern California, up from 17 on Tuesday. As many as 3,500 homes and businesses have burned. In Sonoma County alone, the sheriff reports 380 people unaccounted for.

A NEW EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for Mendocino County as of 4:00pm:

MANDATORY EVACUATION of North of Gibson Lane and east to county line from Gibson

ADVISORY EVACUATION: Valley floor to the south of Gibson Lane

The shifting winds have had evacuation notices changing fast around the region. Mendocino Sheriff Tom Allman urging vigilance and readiness this morning as he confirmed we have six fire fatalities in Mendocino County in the Redwood Valley area.

Statewide the fires have killed at least 21 people with CalFire’s latest update listing 22 wildfires across the state with 170,000 acres burned and at least 3,500 homes and businesses destroyed. More than 8,000 firefighters are working around the state with more on the way from Oregon, Washington and other western states.

The Mendocino Transit Authority is providing free local transportation in Willits and Ukiah through Saturday, including door-to-door Dial-A-Ride bus service. Check mendocinotransit.org for more information.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has issued an advisory evacuation notice for residents in the Middletown area. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is currently monitoring fire activity from the Tubbs fire in Napa County and it has become necessary to issue an advisory notice. An evacuation advisory is not a mandatory evacuation, but it is strongly recommended. Residents are advised to gather their medications, pets and important papers. Residents should be prepared to leave the area with little notice. If the situation worsens the Sheriff’s Office will issue a mandatory evacuation notice. The Tubbs Fire has burned 28,000 acres.

The Lake County evacuation shelter previously located at Grace Church in Kelseyville has been relocated to the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 1111 Park Way in Lakeport. Anyone in need of shelter as a result of the Sulphur Fire is in encouraged to go to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lakeport. The phone numbers for the shelter are 707-496-5878 and 707-530-1560.

Ukiah Unified Schools are closed for the rest of the week.

The Willits Unified School District will be closed Thursday. There is no decision yet on Friday (this is as of 4pm Weds).

PG&E is continuing their damage assessments as first responders grant them permission to safely access areas. But in order to restore gas service, crews must thoroughly assess their infrastructure and do on-site inspections at each customer home and business so it’s critical they be able to get behind locked gates. If your gas meter is behind a locked gate and you cannot be there to let them in, they ask you to call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. Crews will be shutting off gas at customers’ meters to test lines and then returning to turn gas service back on at the meters and the go to homes to relight pilot lights. PG&E urges you to not relight your pilot lights yourself.

If you would like to help fire victims, North Coast Opportunities is working with area agencies to fundraise and distribute long-term help directly to those impacted by the fires in Lake and Mendocino Counties. For Mendocino NCO is partnering with the Community Foundation of Mendocino County. You can visit any Community First Credit Union or Savings Bank of Mendocino County branch to make a donation to fire relief efforts go or online to www.communityfound.org. And NCO’s Volunteer Network is the official Emergency Services volunteer coordinator, and is working in partnership with both counties to place volunteers where they can be most effective.

MENDOCINO SNAPSHOT OF EVACUATION AND ROAD CLOSURES

EVACUATION ORDERS:

A NEW EVACUATION ORDER has been issued for Mendocino County as of 4:00pm:

MANDATORY EVACUATION of North of Gibson Lane and east to county line from Gibson

ADVISORY EVACUATION: Valley floor to the south of Gibson Lane

REDWOOD FIRE: West Rd from State St north; East Road north of School Way; Laughlin Rd north of State St and all roads feeding in; East Rd south to Hwy 20; east of East Rd around Hwy 20 to Horseshoe Circle; Reeves Canyon Rd; Golden Rule Park; Pine Mountain subdivision; Ridgewood Rd leading into the Pine Mountain subdivision from Eastside Rd to the south to Bear Canyon Rd. Bear Canyon Rd to Tomki Rd. All feeder roads to the north and south of Ridgewood Rd (Pine Mountain subdivision) and Bear Canyon Road; Canyon Rd to Eastside Rd south to Pine Mountain Rd; Van Arsdale area north of Eel River; Cave Creek subdivision including scenic Appaloosa and including all feeder roads; Van Arsdale road south of the Eel River.

EVACUATION ADVISORIES:

REDWOOD FIRE: East Hill Rd at US-101 bypass to the east to East Side Rd; East of US-101 south to Howard Forest; West of the intersection of East Hill Rd and Ridgewood Rd south to Howard Forest.

EVACUATION CENTERS:

Ukiah High School
1000 Low Gap Rd
Ukiah

Willits High School
299 N Main St
Willits

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians
3000 Shanel Rd
Hopland

ROAD CLOSURES:

REDWOOD FIRE: Tomki Rd. @ Canyon; East Hill @ East Side; Van Arsdale South of Eel River bridge; North State St @ Laughlin Way; North State Street @ West Rd; East Rd @ School Way

The owner of Safari West says he’s saved all of the more than 1,000 animals that were trapped at his preserve. Peter Lang’s house was also in the fire path. The 77 year old got his wife, employees and guests from luxury tents out of the area, used a hose for hot spots in animal enclosures, but the next day found his house had been destroyed. He tells the Press Democrat, he did not lose a single animal in the Mark West Springs area. Lang says “I have a thousand souls I’m responsible for” and said “it wasn’t even a decision. This is what I had to do.” The Tubbs Fire burned from Calistoga into Santa Rosa early Monday and has so far burned 28,000 acres, gutted at least 550 houses and 21 commercial structures and killed at least 11 people. Most residents are not allowed back yet, the area looks like a graveyard.

Across Sonoma and Napa counties, as many as 2,000 structures have burned and utilities are out. The Press Democrat reports no electricity, gas, cell service, internet or water service. There are hundreds of power poles down, their lines and transformers exploded. There are ruptured gas lines, compromised cell and internet networks and water has to be boiled in some areas. The newspaper reports about 50,000 customers without power in Sonoma County, mostly in Santa Rosa. There are about 40,000 without gas in Sonoma and Napa counties. In Mendocino and Lake counties, 5,100 people were without power last night, and around 4,000 without gas service in Mendocino County. Some areas had to have their gas and electric shut off for safety reasons. Southern Calif. was sending crews to help with electric but Comcast, Verizon and other service providers have to wait to assess the damage until they can access certain areas safely.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office reports no evacuations in Middletown even though there were rumors circulating that there were. The Sheriff’s office put out a statement saying they’re monitoring fire activity from the Tubbs fire in Napa County which is moving towards south Lake County, but says there’s no immediate threat. Residents in south Middletown are being told to be prepared to evacuate if necessary, which of course includes gathering your medications, important papers, and having a plan to move your pets and animals. The Sheriff’s Dept. says if there are going to be evacuations, further notices will be sent out immediately.

Highway 29 over Mount St. Helena has been closed to traffic. CHP officer Kory Reynolds of the Clear Lake office tells Lake County News the highway had to be closed down at Western Mine Road on the Lake County side and says in Napa County, it’s also closed with all traffic being turned back. The news site reports the timing of the closure at the same time of increased fire activity in Napa and Sonoma Counties. There were also new evacuations yesterday afternoon and early evening.

The Atlas Peak Fire in the Berryessa area of Napa County had an updated mandatory evacuation last night. There were also evacuation orders in Sonoma County.

The Sulphur Fire in Clearlake is holding steady at 2,500 acres and firefighters have tripled the area of containment. Some residents were also allowed to return home last night. The fire’s been burning in Clearlake Oaks and Clearlake since the weekend, but so far there’s still no damage assessment. The Sheriff estimates about 150 homes destroyed, mostly in Clearlake. The Elem Indian Colony reports minimal damage, with none of the homes in the Rancheria damaged. They also had no evacuations, but have no power after the fire took out a transformer. The Mayor at a second town hall yesterday, says there’s been no deaths.

The number of dead in Sonoma County has gone up to 11, and in Mendocino County, the Sheriff Tom Allman announced three people had died. In Napa County, two people died, an elderly couple, married 75 years, died together.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors has approved the local emergency declared by the sheriff regarding the Sulphur Fire. The fire started early Monday morning near Clearlake Oaks burning over to Clearlake leading the Sheriff to declare the emergency. Yesterday the board had a brief special session, unanimously approving the resolution to ratify the declaration. The fire has charred 2,500 acres and the Sheriff says he believes at least 150 homes burned, but there’s no definitive numbers yet because a formal assessment has not been completed. The Sheriff says they’re dealing with the fire with limited resources due to more than a dozen other fires that started in one day across the state. Cal Fire has the same team that worked the Rocky and Valley fires in 2015, on the Sulphur fire and the much larger Mendocino County Complex. That one has blackened 21,000-acres in Redwood Valley, and at least 50 homes were destroyed there.

Those who partake in the CalFresh program will be able to request replacement benefits if food is destroyed in the fires or goes bad because of a power outage. To request replacement benefits, call the Employment and Family Assistance Services dept. or visit in person in Ukiah or Fort Bragg. The contact info is listed on our website and Facebook page. You can apply on line for benefits at their website as well, C-4 Yourself.com

(707)463-7700 or in-person at 737 South State Street, Ukiah, CA 95482 or 764 South Franklin Street, Ft Bragg, CA 95437. OR www.C4Yourself.com.

Fire weather potentially getting worse as the National Weather Service warns about more strong winds and low humidity. Another red flag warning has been issued for areas of Northern California, including Mendocino and Lake and neighboring counties, from 11 a.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Thursday. The combo of fast winds, low humidity and warm weather not a great mix for fire conditions.
The wind’s not supposed to be as strong as Sunday when many of the fire’s started, but the weather forecast out of Sacramento with a warning that the dry forecast and wind could spread current and any new wildfires.

Thousands of firefighters on the fire lines in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Yuba counties. The number of homes and businesses destroyed along with those killed rising too. Officials say there are 17 who have died in the fires across Northern California and there may be more as they begin the search for bodies in some areas. The deaths so far, were 11 in Sonoma County, two in Napa County, three in Mendocino County and one in Yuba County. And as many as 3,000 homes and businesses have burned. There are also reports of up to 183 people missing. Further complicating finding if they’re indeed missing, is that cell and landline service is down in many areas. Congressman Mike Thompson toured the fire disaster area yesterday and says he thinks it will end up being the worst fire disaster in California history. As of last night 20,000 more homes were threatened. Thousands of firefighters from across the state and Nevada have come to Northern Calif. to assist.

The number of people who have died in Mendocino County is up to three. The Redwood Complex Fire started Sunday and has already blackened up to 21,000 acres across Redwood Valley, forcing the evacuation of homes in Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Pine Mountain, Cave Creek and the Wente Scout Reservation. Fifty homes have burned and 20 other buildings were also destroyed. The Sheriff said yesterday they were hoping to lead some residents of Redwood Valley back into their neighborhoods to survey the damage or get belongings today. 77 cell phone towers across Northern Calif. were reported down or burned but half were back up yesterday morning. There’s free internet and cell service at the Willits Library for those in need.

Cal Fire has combined the fire efforts of the Redwood and Sulphur Fires into what’s now being called the Mendocino-Lake Complex. As of this afternoon Cal Fire reported it at 21,000 acres and Zero Percent Containment.

Statewide 15 deaths are now being blamed on this week’s wildfires; 9 of them in Sonoma and Napa Counties.

Due to the fires in both Mendocino and Lake counties, Mendocino College Ukiah Campus, North County Center (Willits), Lake Center, and Coast Center (Fort Bragg) will be canceling all classes and on campus events and activities on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017. But – Mendocino College has opened their Ukiah Campus facilities to the public for use from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Bathrooms and showers are available in the Mendocino College Athletic Building with towels, shampoo, soap, and other hygiene items provided. The Mendocino-Lake Community College District says they want to help the community in any way they can.

Mendocino Sheriff: ATT working on two portable cell towers and PG&E bringing in a portable cell tower.

The latest update from the Willits City reiterates mandatory evacuation orders still in effect for Pine Mountain residents. Howard Memorial Hospital is not under evacuation however it is prepared to evacuate if necessary. Internet and cell service providers have been working to get service up and running but still have no estimated time. PG&E gas service was turned off Monday and customers are advised to shut off their meters. PG&E says preliminary reports indicate the gas may be off for up to four days. The City says some local gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores should be getting more supplies soon now that Hwy 101 has been reopened.

Mendocino County reminds you that you can call 2-1-1 to get shelter information, referrals for food, and general fire updates and information. Additionally, for those of you that need to check on the status of your family members and are not able to access the Safe and Well website yourself, 2-1-1 will provide this service for you.

Both Mendocino and Lake County have issued advisories for Unhealthy Air Quality.

Golden State Water has a precautionary boil water notice to approximately 500 Clearlake residents along Lakeshore Drive, north of and including San Joaquin Drive due to a temporary loss of pressure in parts of the Clearlake system. Only boiled water or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.

The Lake County Department of Social Services is able to assist fire-impacted individuals with CalFresh Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program replacement benefits and applications. CalFresh replacement benefits are available to current CalFresh recipients who lost food due to the impact of the fires, such as a power outage. Expedited CalFresh applications are available to low income households who do not already have benefits.

Mediacom says they have finished restoring video and high-speed data services in Clearlake and surrounding towns after the Sulphur Fire destroyed some of their fiber optic lines. Customers who are still experiencing technical issues with their service can visit their website or call them.

Mendocino County Officials will be holding a Willits Community Information meeting today (Tuesday) at 2:00 p.m. at the Willits Library. The Sheriff’s Office will be providing an update on evacuation areas, shelters, power outages and communication outages.

The latest update from the Willits City reiterates mandatory evacuation orders still in effect for Pine Mountain residents but there are no other evacuation orders in effect for Willits at this time. Howard Memorial Hospital is not under evacuation orders; however, is prepared to evacuate if it becomes necessary. Internet and cell service providers have been working to get service up and running but still have no estimated time of restoration. PG&E gas service was turned off yesterday; customers are advised to shut off their meters. More information is expected from PG&E later today. Preliminary reports indicate that gas may be off for up to four days. Information will be posted in the lobbies at Willits City Hall and the Justice Center, and on the City’s Facebook page. The City says some local gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores are expected to be replenished with supplies soon now that Hwy 101 has been partly reopened.

Mendocino College has opened their Ukiah Campus facilities to the public for use from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Bathrooms and showers are available in the Mendocino College Athletic Building. Towels, shampoo, soap, and other hygiene items are provided. The Mendocino-Lake Community College District says they would like to extend their heartfelt sympathy to the many displaced families in the community are will help in any way they can.

Golden State Water has a precautionary boil water notice to approximately 500 Clearlake residents along Lakeshore Drive, north of and including San Joaquin Drive due to a temporary loss of pressure in parts of the Clearlake system, resulting from the local Sulphur fire. Only boiled water or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation.

The Redwood Complex is burning on Hwy 101 at the Ridgewood Grade. So far: 2 serious injuries have been reported and 1 death. Firefighters report fast moving winds are making it a difficult fight. There is also no cell service in the Potter Valley, Willits and Redwood Valley and many are without, or don’t have, landlines.

(FROM CAL FIRE:: Evacuations: areas of Potter Valley, the Community of Redwood Valley and Golden Rule.

Evacuation centers: Ukiah High School and Willits City Hall.

The large animal evacuation center is at Ukiah Fair Grounds.

The Sulphur Fire in Clearlake Oaks has burned 2500 acres and is only 5% contained. Also in the neighborhood, and closer to home for many of us, the much larger Redwood Complex in Ukiah has charred 19k acres with zero containment so far. There are evacuations in place for areas of Potter Valley, the Community of Redwood Valley and Golden Rule. If you need a place to stay and have not had to evacuate or need to prepare, there is no school at Ukiah High today and it’s being used as an emergency shelter, also Willits City Hall. You can take your animals to the Ukiah Fair Grounds.

The Governor Jerry Brown has issued an emergency proclamation for Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties because of multiple fires, including the Tubbs and Atlas fires, which have damaged critical infrastructure, threatened thousands of homes and caused the mass evacuation of residents. The State Operations Center has also been activated for assistance for the massive amount of fires burning in Northern California.

In Napa County, the massive Tubbs Fire in Calistoga, off hwy 128 and Bennett Lane has burned at least 25,000 acres with zero containment.

A fire in Napa and Sonoma Counties that broke out as violent winds swept thru the canyons and mountains making its way into Santa Rosa has burned more than 1,500 structures and forced tens of thousands of people to leave their homes yesterday. Reports say the winds were gusting up to 70 mph and walls of flames from the Tubbs Fire had some reaching up to 100 feet high as the fire spread over more than 50 square miles. And 100 people have been reported missing. Hundreds of upscale homes have been gutted in the areas of Mark West Springs, Larkfield, Wikiup, and Fountaingrove. Businesses and schools were burned and 2 hospitals were threatened so hundreds of patients had to be evacuated. The Press Democrat has photos up of Coffey Park, where the paper reports, the destruction was warlike with block after block, of homes on fire.

The Tubbs fire is already being called the worst natural disaster in Sonoma County and one of the most destructive wildfires in California history. The fire has burned 27,000 acres and is said to be the most serious of more than a dozen burning in eight counties across Northern California.

As much as 75,000 acres have burned in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties. At least 11 people have died, two in Mendocino County and an elderly couple in Napa County. Fire officials say the fast moving wind meant some people had to run from their homes with no time to grab anything.

Several fires burned 5,000 acres around Glen Ellen and Kenwood, the fire jumping Highway 12. There is a red flag warning thru today even though, thankfully most of the wind gusts had died down last night.

Highway 101 in Santa Rosa had to be closed on both sides yesterday from Steele Lane to Mark West Springs Road as thick smoke made it impossible to see. So smoky, that Cal Fire tankers and helicopters couldn’t take off for most of the day yesterday. Even commercial flights were canceled at Charles. M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

The Hilton Sonoma Wine Country and the historic Fountaingrove Round Barn have been destroyed. The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts had some damage, but the Paradise Ridge winery had massive damage.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is reported tens of thousands of customers in Sonoma County without power.

Not only did the Gov. declare a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Yuba counties and many others in Calif., but Congressmembers Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson were in the area too. Aerial photos of the destruction have been given to FEMA and the White House.

Some residents near Santa Rosa, in the Larkfield area are being told not to drink their tap water until further notice because of the Tubbs fire damaging storage tanks and a pumping station. The water may also have to been totally shut off to damaged homes, so there’s enough to fight the fire.

Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health in Santa Rosa have been evacuated. There are more than 20 evacuation centers in Santa Rosa, a full list is on the County’s website.

Firefighters in Lake County at it again, another devastating fire that has destroyed properties in Clearlake Oaks before making a run for Clearlake. The Sulphur fire started early yesterday and consumed 2,500 acres and is only 5% contained…

Lake County Fire Chief Willie Sapeta apologizing to a town hall last night at the Clearlake Senior Center. That sound courtesy of Lake Co News who also report the Sheriff Brian Martin saying there are no confirmed deaths from the Sulphur Fire. But there were some during the evacuation process. No word on the amount of properties or businesses that may have burned in the Sulphur Fire as damage assessments have not started yet. Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reports up to 2,500 people in and around Clearlake and Clearlake Oaks are in the dark. There are nearly 5,000 evacuation notices in the area with a couple of shelters set up, at the Twin Pine Casino in Middletown and Grace Church in Kelseyville.

There’s also a precautionary boil water notice for about 500 Clearlake residents in the evacuation area due to a loss of pressure.

Mendocino Redwood Complex Fire (See below for info on Lake County Sulphur Fire)

The Redwood Fire and Potter Fire are now being worked together as the Redwood Complex Fire with 10,000 acres burned in Mendocino County. One person is confirmed dead and two injured in the fire that started in Sunday night’s windstorm that brought down trees and power lines, sparking fires all across Northern California. The Redwood Complex is burning primarily North of Hwy 20, west of Mendocino National Forest, south of Black Bart. About 80 structures have been destroyed.

There are new areas under evacuation order this hour (4pm) for the Redwood Complex Fire. The Mendocino Sheriff says on their Facebook page there are evacuations now for the Redwood Valley / Willits Areas of:

Pine Mountain to Berry Creek to Camp Wente down to Eastside Creek.

Howard Hospital is under an Evacuation Warning.

Continued evacuations that started Monday morning

Redwood Valley / Willits:
School Way from Highway 101 and East Road and West Roads.
Tomki Road to Canyon Road
Golden Rule Subdivision

Reeves Canyon

In Potter Valley:
Gibson Lane and Powerhouse Road

There are shelters open at Ukiah High School, the Ukiah Fairgrounds for animals and livestock, as well as the Ukiah Animal Shelter and Willits High School. Mendocino County is assessing needs for additional shelters.

Hwy 101 is closed at the Ridgewood Grade from Uva Drive in Redwood Valley to Black Bart in Willits

Several local organizations are offering meals to Redwood Valley evacuees. The following locations will be serving dinner to evacuees tonight (Monday) at 6:00 p.m.:

Coyote Valley Casino Event Center
7751 N State St, Redwood Valley, CA 95470
(707)485-0700

Ukiah Elks Lodge
1200 Hastings Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 462-1728

Ukiah Unified School District Closed Tuesday

All Willits School Closed Tuesday

All Mendocino College Campuses Closed Tuesday

For Fire Information please do NOT call 911 – Use these Fire Information numbers:
(707) 467-6428
(707) 467-2518
(707) 467-6446

Road Closure Info:

CHP’s traffic page link handy >> https://www.chp.ca.gov/traffic

Cal Tran’s Quick Map page http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/

Lake County Sulphur Fire:

The Sulphur Fire has burned about 2000 acres near Borax Lake, Mt. Baldy, the Elem Colony, and surrounding unincorporated areas and areas within the city limits of Clearlake. It started around 1am Monday.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Clearlake Park area including Sulphur Bank Drive, Crestview Drive, Lakeshore Drive, and parts of the City of Clearlake. Lake County Transit is assisting evacuees with transportation to evacuation centers.

Twin Pine was the first designated evacuation center, but is reported full. Grace Church at 6716 Live Oak Drive in Kelseyville has been designated as a second evacuation center.

Sheriff Brian Martin as the Director of Emergency Services has proclaimed a local emergency throughout Lake County. The Lake County Board of Supervisors has called a special meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10th

Golden State Water Company, which provides service to the evacuated areas of the Sulphur Fire, has requested a precautionary boil water notice. Do not drink water without boiling it first. We will inform you when the water is again safe to drink. Residents in the area should also avoid using excessive water so the pressure can be maintained for firefighting efforts. For more information call 1-800-999-4033.

The Redwood Fire and Potter Fire are now being worked together as the Redwood Complex Fire with 10,000 acres burned in Mendocino County. One person is confirmed dead and two injured in the fire that started in Sunday night’s windstorm that brought down trees and power lines, sparking fires all across Northern California. The Redwood Complex is burning primarily North of Hwy 20, west of Mendocino National Forest, south of Black Bart. About 80 structures have been destroyed.

There are new areas under evacuation order this hour (4pm) for the Redwood Complex Fire. The Mendocino Sheriff says on their Facebook page there are evacuations now for the Redwood Valley / Willits Areas of:

Pine Mountain to Berry Creek to Camp Wente down to Eastside Creek.

Howard Hospital is under an Evacuation Warning.

Continued evacuations that started Monday morning

Redwood Valley / Willits:
School Way from Highway 101 and East Road and West Roads.
Tomki Road to Canyon Road
Golden Rule Subdivision

Reeves Canyon

In Potter Valley:
Gibson Lane and Powerhouse Road

There are shelters open at Ukiah High School, the Ukiah Fairgrounds for animals and livestock, as well as the Ukiah Animal Shelter and Willits High School. Mendocino County is assessing needs for additional shelters.

Hwy 101 is closed at the Ridgewood Grade from Uva Drive in Redwood Valley to Black Bart in Willits

Several local organizations are offering meals to Redwood Valley evacuees. The following locations will be serving dinner to evacuees tonight (Monday) at 6:00 p.m.:

Coyote Valley Casino Event Center
7751 N State St, Redwood Valley, CA 95470
(707)485-0700

Ukiah Elks Lodge
1200 Hastings Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 462-1728
Ukiah Unified School District Closed Tuesday

All Willits School Closed Tuesday

All Mendocino College Campuses Closed Tuesday

For Fire Information please do NOT call 911 – Use these Fire Information numbers:
(707) 467-6428
(707) 467-2518
(707) 467-6446

Road Closure Info:

CHP’s traffic page link handy >> https://www.chp.ca.gov/traffic

Cal Tran’s Quick Map page http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/