Archives for July 2015

Rocky Fire Evacuation Advisory

The Rocky Fire in Lake County is currently moving in a northern direction towards Highway 20 and has the potential to reach the highway sometime today. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of allied agencies, are currently advising residents located in the area of the fire danger. The area where the fire could reach and possibly cross the highway is located between New Long Valley Road and the Double Eagle housing development, which is located east of Clearlake Oaks.

At this time the Sheriff’s Office is issuing an advisory to prepare residents for the possibility of a mandatory evacuation. We are asking residents to gather their medications, pets and important papers and be prepared to evacuate with little notice. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will update the public as the fire continues to move towards Highway 20.

The Rocky Fire has consumed 13,500 acres since it began Wednesday afternoon near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake, and is only 5% contained

*The Evacuation Advisory for the Rocky Fire has been issued for The Double Eagle Ranch and homes along the highway 20 corridor between New Long Valley Rd. and east to the county line. The evacuation center in Clear Lake has been closed. An evacuation center was opened at Middletown High School in Middletown and is better suited to handle the evacuees. Evacuations are still in effect for the area North of Morgan Valley and East of Bonham Rd, Jerusalem Grade Rd, Spruce Grove Rd (North end), Noble Ranch Rd and Cantwell Ranch Rd.

Get the latest Cal Fire updates here:
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1161

Get the the latest Lake County Sheriff’s Office Updates here:
https://local.nixle.com/lake-county-ca-sheriffs-department/

Rocky Fire Concerns for Pets and Livestock

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with Lake County Animal Care and Control to check on animals and livestock which were left within the fire evacuation area of the Rocky Fire. If you are concerned about the welfare of your animals which were left within the evacuation area, contact the Lake County Animal Care and Control at (707) 263-0278. The Sheriff’s Office will attempt to accommodate requests to check the welfare of pets or livestock depending on fire conditions.

An animal evacuation center is opened at the Lower Lake Social Services parking lot, 15975 Anderson Ranch Parkway, in Lower Lake.

Fort Bragg National Night Out

The city of Fort Bragg is hosting the 32nd Annual National Night Out Event. Over 38 million neighbors across 16,000 communities will celebrate National Night Out, America’s Night Out Against Crime. The event is an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. The Fort Bragg Police Department and Neighborhood Watch will be hosting this year’s celebration at Bainbridge Park from 5 pm to 7pm. Come out and join the celebration and enjoy a barbeque hot dog dinner. For more information or if you would like to get involved in the event, contact Sergeant McLaughlin at the Fort Bragg Police Department.

Rocky Fire Update

The wildfire burning east of Lower Lake has grown to more than 8,000 acres, with no containment. Authorities ordered mandatory evacuations immediately after the blaze broke out yesterday afternoon in Lake County. The Rocky Fire is moving fast because the terrain is heavy with brush and timber, with Cal Fire saying access is difficult. Several structures have been destroyed. Temperatures are reported above 100 degrees with low humidity and 11 mph winds.
An evacuation center has been set up at the Highland Senior Center in Clearlake. The Lake County Office of Emergency Services has an information line set up at (707) 263-2360, and will be posting information on the Lake County OES Facebook page:

Three people injured in 4 car crash

Three people were injured in a chain-reaction car crash in Ukiah. The four vehicle collison happened yesterday afternoon around 2 o’clock near the intersection of Talmage Road and Airport Park Boulevard. Police say a minivan rear-ended an SUV, which then rear ended a pick up truck, which then hit another pickup who was waiting to turn right onto Airport Park Boulevard from Talmage Road. Two adults and one child were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and four others refused treatment. The accident remains under investigation.

Wanted sex offender

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s office is searching for a man that reportedly didn’t register as a sex offender. 60 year old John Kacher is wanted on a $15,000 warrant. He’s described as 5′ 10″, brown hair and brown eyes, weighing around 250 lbs. Anyone with info about his where abouts is asked to call the sheriff’s Dispatch at (707) 463-4086.

Rocky Fire Resources Committed

The Rocky fire broke which broke out afternoon near Morgan Valley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake has scorched over 5,000 acres and has destroyed some buildings. Around 500 residents have been evacuated. Several local and regional agencies are working together on the fire. Resources committed include 315 firefighters, 35 fire engines, eight fire crews, eight air tankers, eight helicopters, nine dozers and four water tenders.

Speed Limits Going Up in Areas Along Hwy 20

The speed limit will soon be going up along certain areas on Highway 20. Caltrans is planning on raising the speed limit by 5 miles per hour in the stretch immediately approaching the city of Willits from Fort Bragg. Willits News reports, The speeds will be raised from 30 to 35 mph, from 40 to 45 mph, and from 50 to 55 mph between post markers 32.5 and 33.0, a zone which includes three local road intersections and one route to Blosser Lane Elementary School. The speed limits will not be enforced until the new signs are installed to notify motorists, which can take up to four months. Caltrans will also be installing a flashing radar feedback sign, to indicate to passing cars their current speed to improve safety in those zones.

MCSO Warn of Phone Scam

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reports that they’ve received several calls from concerned citizens who are reporting a possible money transfer scam. The victims say they were called by a person who claimed they were the the MCSO, and told them they’d missed jury duty and a warrant would be issued for their arrest as a result. The Scammers then instruct the victim that they can pay off an arrest warrant by obtaining an amount of money, (Over $5,000.00) and forward it electronically via various money sending programs located in local grocery stores. The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone that MCSO never calls people to try to obtain money in this fashion and if you receive one of these calls it is likely a money scam. If you receive a call like this, you’re asked ot contact your local law enforcement agency to report it.

For more information on money transfer scams please see the Federal Trade commission website at

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/media/video-0046-money-transfer-scams

Clearlake Oaks Water District receives grant and loan for new sewer system

The U.S Department of Agriculture has granted the Clearlake Oaks County Water District with a $1 million grant and a $2.8 million low interest loan for the sewer system. The Record Bee reports, The district is currently finishing up a $499,000 grant from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for an inflow and infiltration study, which covers all lift stations and a hazard mitigation situation that has been facing the district for years. Also, they received verbal approval on a study grant for the wastewater treatment plant, in addition to an approval that was authorized from Department of Water Resources for a $400,000 study for the water distribution system. The paper states, Clearlake Oaks infrastructure was installed back in the 1960s and is now deteriorating, causing frequent water main breaks with Water outages and “boil water” notices becoming the norm in the District.