Archives for September 2020

Updates on August Complext and LNU Complex

More evacuation orders are reduced in Lake County while an evacuation warning is issued in Mendocino County.

As of last update, the August Complex was at 287,106 acres and 23 percent containment. With inclement weather approaching, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office issued an Evacuation Warning for all Mendocino County Areas within the Mendocino National Forest north of Hull Mountain.

Containment for the LNU Lighnting Complex grew to 86-percent last night. The Hennessey Fire, which is the portion of the complex burning in 5 counties – including Lake County – was last reported to be at 317,909-acres and 85-percent contained.

COVID-19 Case Spike From Social Gatherings

Mendocino County Public Health is reporting a spike in COVID-19 cases stemming from social gatherings and close living quarters, such as apartment complexes. Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren urges residents to not be tempted by typical Labor Day festivities this weekend.

Flex Alert Over Labor Day Weekend

California is under a statewide Flex Alert over Labor Day weekend as a heat wave arrives. Both Lake and Mendocino Counties are under an excessive heat warning from tomorrow morning through Tuesday.
PG&E says you can help by shifting energy use. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday and Monday, residents are asked to conserve energy by limiting use of large appliances and keeping thermostats no lower than 78-degrees.

CHP Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period

The California Highway Patrol is implementing its Labor Day Maximum Enforcement Period for the holiday weekend from 6:01 p.m. this evening through 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Last year during the Labor Day holiday weekend, 45 people were killed in crashes throughout California. Nearly three-quarters of all the vehicle occupants killed within CHP jurisdiction were not wearing a seat belt. In addition, CHP made more than 1,000 arrests for driving under the influence during the 78-hour enforcement effort in 2019.

August Complex Grows But Containment Holds

The August Complex grew by about 19,000 acres yesterday, but crews maintained containment at 20-percent. The main fire in the complex burning in northern Lake County on the Upper Lake Ranger District and which has crossed into Mendocino County, is the Hull Fire, which is at 13,177 acres, and 10-percent contained.

Containment Increases Continue for LNU

Containment continues to increase on the LNU Lightning Complex. Last night, Cal Fire reported the fire is at 375,209 acres with 78 percent containment. The Hennessey fire portion of the complex, burning in five counties, including Lake, was at 317,909 and 76 percent contained. The number of structures destroyed in Lake County remains at nine, with eight of those being residential.

1 Killed in Head-On Crash

A Clearlake woman died in a head-on crash on Highway 53 near Clearlake this week. The crash happened when she was trying to pass a large vehicle Tuesday morning. The driver of the car that was hit suffered major injuries. and the driver in a car behind it, had minor injuries.

New Public Health Officer Sworn In

Mendocino County’s new Public Health Officer is officially on the job. Dr. Howard “Andy” Coren was sworn in during the most recent Board of Supervisors meeting. Dr. Noemi Doohan was recognized for her work for the county over the last several months dealing with the coronavirus. Doohan will continue working with Coren as a consultant for the county at least through the end of the year. Coren was appointed to the position by the Board of Supervisors in July. Dr. Coren is a local, board certified family physician, who has been in practice for 44 years.

Governor Signs New Eviction Moratorium

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new statewide eviction moratorium this week. The new protections will be extended until February of 2021 for all residents. Newsom said over five-million renters are at risk of losing their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom said more borrower and homeowner rights will also be granted.

5th COVID-19 Related Death in Lake County

A fifth COVID-19 related death has been confirmed in Lake County. Public Health Officer, Dr. Gary Pace says this was the second individual to pass away as a result of a cluster of cases in a local residential facility. The individual was over 65 years old, and had chronic medical issues. They had tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and passed away early yesterday morning.