Shasta Road Fire Contained

A wildland fire that started on Shasta Road yesterday has been contained. It threatened homes in the Spring Valley area. The fire burned a total of an acre and a half of vegetation and destroyed a pump house. The fire led to a power outage in Spring Valley that impacted 569 customers. PG&E was working to restore power to everyone overnight.

Firefighters also contained a wildland fire that had begun at around mindinight yesterday and burned in the area of Highway 20 east of Rosemont Drive in Lucerne. That fire burned a total of 11 acres.

Long-Term Recovery Task Force Meeting

Lake County’s Long-Term Recovery Task Force, now focused on the Clayton Fire, will meet Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at 6:00 pm. The location of the meeting is the Lower Lake High School Gymnasium located at 9430 Lake Street in Lower Lake, CA.

Lake County Administrative Officer, Carol Huchingson reported that she and 5th District Supervisor Rob Brown are co-coordinating the Clayton Fire Recovery effort for the County of Lake. Task Force meetings are initially scheduled bi-weekly and will continue during the Clayton Fire clean-up effort.

The public is welcome to attend and hear recovery updates first-hand. The Task Force is a partnership of local, state and community representatives working together to provide comprehensive services to aid in the recovery of Clayton Fire survivors and the rebuilding of Lower Lake. Meetings provide an opportunity for fire survivors to share their concerns and ask questions of members of the Task Force.

The meeting will also be broadcast live on the Lake County OES Facebook Page at and be available for viewing later as well.

CalFresh Update

Those currently receiving CalFresh, living in Lower Lake and Clearlake zip codes at the time of the Clayton Fire will receive automatic replacement of a portion of their CalFresh benefits. This replacement issuance is intended to enable CalFresh households to replace lost perishable foods. CalFresh recipients with benefits issued from August 6-10 will receive 60% replacement, and CalFresh recipients with benefits issued from August 1-5 will receive 45% replacement.

Recipients may check their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) balance by calling (877) 328-9677 or visiting the EBT website, and may contact Lake County Social Services at (707) 995-4200 for any questions.

Clearlake Police Arrest 22 during Clayton Fire

The Clearlake Police Department reports that during the Clayton fire nearly two dozen people were arrested for various charges in the evacuated area of the city. Most of the 22 arrests were for being in a closed disaster area. Other arrests were for arrest warrants and for being possession of a controlled substance.

One Person Killed in Fire at Senior Apartment Complex

A fire at a Lakeport senior apartment complex yesterday claimed one life and injured several others. The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Lakeview Housing senior apartment complex at 525 Bevins Street. Firefighters from several agencies responded an immediately began working to control the blaze and evacuate the residents. Deputies assisted firefighters in conducting a room-by-room search of the 36-unit complex. The fire was contained by around 7PM. The victim was a woman who was found in an elevator. Fire evacuees were being sheltered at the Lakeport Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lakeport. Family members can call 707-621-2973 for information.

Mother Arrested for DUI that Injured Child

A mother was arrested for DUI after a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 29 yesterday. 25-year-old Yana Bednova was driving the car with her 4-year-old son when she drove off the right side of the highway, overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. Both Bendova and her son were injured.

NCO accepting Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund applications

North Coast Opportunities and MendoLake Credit Union recently re-opened the Lake County Wildfire Relief Fund in response to the Clayton Fire, and they the NCO is accepting applications for those funds. Find the application form online at Currently, donations to the fund total about $10,000.

Local Assistance Center Opens for Clayton Fire Victims

The Clayton Fire is now 90-percent contained and a Local Assistance Center is opening to assist the fire victims. The LAC is open today, and is located just across the street at the old Lower Lake Bank Building, 16195 Main Street, Lower Lake. Hours are from 10 am to 7 pm. The LAC will run through Friday, August 26tth, and may be extended depending on need.

Pest Experts Visit UHS

Pest experts visited Ukiah High School last week to help eradicate the school of the pests. The experts are from the California Department of Pest Regulation and the University of California Cooperative Extension. A community cleanup happened over the weekend, at the high school, to pick up trash and rid the campus of food sources for the cockroaches.

Clayton Fire 60-Percent Contained

The Clayton Fire is at 60-percent containment. Firefighters continue to improve and hold existing lines while mopping up hot spots across the fire area. Fire suppression repair has begun in an effort to minimize the effects of the fires damage.

Damage Inspection Teams continue to survey the fire area to determine how many structures have been damaged or destroyed. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 300 structures; including 190 single-family homes, 8 commercial structures, and 102 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings.