Pacific Gas and Electric’s effort to restore power to all of Lake County and Mendocino counties following back to back public safety power shutoffs continues today. Power began coming back on in the region yesterday afternoon. Some in Lake County had gone without electrical services since Saturday evening. At a meeting in Middletown yesterday, Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry said Congressman Mike Thompson had been on the phone multiple times with PG&E’s president asking that Lake County be prioritized for reenergization.
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Portions of Mendocino County including the communities of Gualala, Ukiah, Redwood Valley, Potter Valley, Willits and Laytonville were restored yesterday afternoon. Because of the impact of the extended power outages, Mendocino County Chief Executive Officer/Office of Emergency Services Director, Carmel Angelo delcared a local emergency. The local declaration will assist Mendocino County in bringing additional resources to help our community recover from the outages.
Cal Fire reports that the Kincade fire is holding at just over 76,800 acres and containment was raised to 45 percent. 266 structures have been destroyed and 47 damaged. There are over 90,000 structures still threatened in Sonoma County. The fire’s threat prompted evacuation warnings for portions of Lake County. A town hall meeting was held in Middletown last night, as the fire has been moving towards that community. Local and state legislators, along with emergency personnel and Cal Fire representatives updated residents on the progress.
The Lakeport Kiwanis Club is once again hosting its popular Halloween Kids Fair. The fair will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at MAC Auditorium on the Lakeport School District Campus, 250 Lange St.
This event is free to the public and all families and children are welcome. No tickets are required. Event highlights include games, treats, pumpkin weight guessing and costume contests with prizes.
PG&E hopes to restore the power to the greater Ukiah Valley this afternoon. PG&E has announced that they are prioritizing restoration of the transmission line feeding the greater Ukiah area in hopes that power will be restored in the afternoon of Wednesday, October 30th. Once the Ukiah area is restored, PG&E will have more capacity with their power lines to restore the northern portions of the County including Willits and Fort Bragg. City Staff say they are cautiously optimistic, as information from PG&E has been inconsistent and unreliable. The Ukiah Civic Center lobby will remain open until power is restored.
Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin declared a state of emergency yesterday. He said it’s in response to “repeated, extended and continuing Public Safety Power Shutoffs.” If approved by the Board of Supervisors, it could open up the possibility of getting assistance from the state. Most of Lake County didn’t get its power restored from the weekend shutoff befoer the next shutoff that started on Tuesday.
The Northshore Fire Protection District Special Election is on Tuesday, November 5th. The last date you can request a Vote-by-Mail ballot is today. The Registrar of Voters office is OPEN Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:00PM this week. Please visit or call (707)263-2372. They are open and answering phones with or without power. Polling place locations are posted on the county’s website and are also in the Voter Information Guide already mailed out to all eligible voters. County officials say polling places and the Registrar of Voters office will be open on Election Day 7:00AM – 8:00PM for voting no matter the power situation.
The Burris Fire in Potter Valley remains at 350 acres, and is now 75% contained. There was concern that the latest wind event could cause flare ups. but as of last night, that had not happened. Overnight, crews patroled the fire areas for hot spots.
The majority of Lake and Mendocino Counties will be affected by another PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff due to another potentially widespread dry, offshore wind event today throught midday tomorrow. Not everyone had power restored from the weekend power shutoff event. PG&E estimates that 29 counties and 596,000 customer accounts will be impacted by this latest PSPS. The very latest updates can be found at pgecurrents.com. Updates are also being posted on social media by county and city governments.
An evacuation warning was extended into Lake County for the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. Last night’s update from Cal Fire reported that the Kincade Fire has reached over 74,000 acres with 15% containment. There are over 90,000 structures under immediate threat, with 123 structures destroyed and 20 damaged. The evacuation warning for Lake County includes Middletown and parts of the surrounding region.