FEMA Opens Recovery Center in Upper Lake

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening a recovery center today to assist Lake County residents impacted by the Mendocino Complex. FEMA disaster assistance is available due to an amendment to the presidential disaster declaration to include Lake County. Congressmen Mike Thompson John Garamendi, and Jared Huffman lobbied for the declaration. The center will be open daily from 9AM-7PM at at 9470 Main St. in Upper Lake. Also, Congressman Thompson’s office has a free Fire Recovery Guide. Find the link to it with this story on our website.
mikethompson.house.gov/sites/mikethompson.house.gov/files/Thompson%20Fire%20Recovery%20Guide%20Mendocino%20Complex.pdf

Fatal Crash Near Ukiah

A Sonoma County man was killed in a crash near Ukiah. The California Highway Patrol reports the truck was going northbound on Shepard Lane, when it left the roadway and rolled about 190 feet down an embankment. The accident happened at around 10:30PM Friday night, but the vehicle wasn’t seen until the Saturday morning. The CHP is still investigating the collision.

State Lawmaker Wants More Money for Wildfire Prevention

Assemblyman Jim Wood wants more money for fighting wildfires and for wildfire prevention. He issued a statement demanding that at least $300 million be earmarked annually for vegetation management and fuel reduction. Wood says points to all the money the state is spending fighting the fires and how little it spends trying to prevent them.

Funeral Held for Fallen Utah Firefighter

The funeral for Utah firefighter Matthew Burchett was yesterday. Burchett died while battling the Ranch Fire of the Mendocino Complex. The Draper City Fire Department said yesterday that during a day of remebrance, they acknowledge and honor all firefighters across California and beyond. Now at more than 400,000 acres, the Mendocino Complex is the largest wildland fire incident in state history, according to Cal Fire.

City Council to Determine How 2 Seats Will be Filled

The Lakeport City Council will consider whether to reappoint two council members running uncontested for reelection, or hold an election for their positions. The closed session meeting starts at 5:15 today.

Major Disaster Declaration Issued for Lake County

Congressman Mike Thompson announced Saturday night that President Trump has issued a major disaster declaration for Lake County for the Mendocino Complex. The declaration allows federal funds, including Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual Assistance funding, that will be available to individuals to allow them to rebuild and repair homes and structures that were damaged or destroyed and replace housing and other property that are not covered by insurance. Calfire reports that more than 300 structures were damaged or destroyed while 1,025 structures are still threatened. You can apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.

Congressman Huffman to Host Town Hall

Congressman Jared Huffman, who represents Mendocino County, will be holding a town hall tomorrow from 4-5PM at Eagles Hall in Fort Bragg. The event is open to the public, but you are asked to register to attend, since seating is limited. Here’s the registration link:

www.eventbrite.com/e/rep-huffman-town-hall-fort-bragg-tickets-49145329002

4 Running for 3 Seats on Ukiah City Council

Four candidates will be vying for the three open seats on the Ukiah City Council in November. They are: Ed Haynes, a veterinarian; Matt Froneberger, general manager of the Forestville Water District; Juan V. Orozco, an educator, and Chon Travis, an entrepreneur. Two of the three incumbents are running for new terms: Jim Brown, and Maureen Mulheren.

Classes Begin for Schools Delayed by Mendocino Complex

Some Lake County School Districts that had to delay the start of classes due to the Mendocino Complex, are starting this week. Students at Konocti Unified and Middletown Unified have their first day of school today. The first day of school for students at Lakeport Unified, Lucerne Elementary, and Upper Lake Unified is Wednesday. Kelseyville Unified will start on September 4th.

Lakeport Resurfacing Project Delayed

The City of Lakeport’s Public Works Department is advising that the resurfacing project that was scheduled to begin last night on 11th Street and South Main Street has been temporarily postponed due to technical difficulties.