The Lake County Air Quality Management District has issued an Air Quality Alert in effect until 5 PM. Smoke and haze has impacted all portions of Lake County. Smoke from the Glass Fire in Napa and Sonoma Counties and other fires burning in California and Oregon will continue to impact Lake County over the coming weeks. Due to the significant fire activity this week, all areas of Lake County are forecast to have UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS to UNHEALTHY air quality through today as smoke settles into the area. Early forecast information indicates a wind shift starting tomorrow that should push the smoke out of the Lake County Basin.
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Lake County has been awarded $3.3 million for homeless housing from the state’s Homekey program, which helps communities reduce homelessness. The county has contracted with Hope Rising Lake County to operate Hope Center in Clearlake, a 20-bed interim housing facility and a housing navigation hub. Mendocino County which was awarded $9.6 million from the same program, is turning the Best Western in Ukiah into transitional housing.
PG&E says inspectors have found as many as 13 instances of wind-related damage to their equipment, or hazards caused by strong winds A Red Flag fire warning Sunday and Monday prompted a Public Safety Power Shutoff for parts of 16 Northern California counties – including a small portion of Lake County. Once the warning expired, 17-hundred ground inspectors and 50 helicopters went out to check on 39-hundred miles of transmission and distribution lines.
A project in Mendocino County aimed at helping local business owners keep employees and customers safe by providing free masks has been a success. Organizers of Maskup Mendocino report they’ve distributed over 90,000 masks throughout the county since the project began in late July.
Movement to a higher tier in Lake County has been delayed. Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace says the county’s COIV-19 case and positivity rates for the weeks of Sept. 6 to 12 and Sept. 13 to 19 puts the county in line with the most restrictive tier in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. But because Lake County is small, and many of those cases were associated with a single outbreak, the State agreed to grant the county another week to observe whether the case rate in the general population stays high.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office lifted mandatory evacuation orders for the August Complex yesterday. All evacuation orders were reduced to warnings for residents in areas south of fire’s edge, north of North Ridge and West Crockett Camp, east of the Lake-Mendocino County line and west of the Lake-Glenn County line.
A state of emergency was declared Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom for Sonoma, Napa and Shasta counties because of the Glass and Zogg fires. Yesterday, Newsom also requested a major disaster declaration to help with the state and local response and recovery from the wildfires in several counties, including Mendocino County, being impacted by the August Complex Fire. Newsom also has declared a statewide emergency because the state’s extreme weather and fires, has the state’s operations center at its highest level.
The Best Western motel in Ukiah will become transitional housing for individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Last week, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of the motel on South Orchard Avenue. The county was recently awarded $9.6 million for homeless housing from a state program.
1 suspect is dead and 2 others are in custody following a robbery and kidnapping in Mendocino County yesterday. The adult male victim of the robbery/kidnapping said his assailants were armed with assault weapon style rifles and were dressed in body armor. Following a car chase, a shelter in place was issued in the area of 7800 Highway 20 in Ukiah as authorities searched for the suspects. Police say one of the suspects died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. One law enforcement member experienced a heat related emergency at the conclusion of the several hour event and had to be transported to Adventist Health- Ukiah Valley by ambulance where he was treated and released.
Enhanced business restrictions may come this week to Lake County. The Lake County public health officer says there has been a rise in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, including clusters of infection that have occurred in businesses, schools, and among first responders. If the county is bumped up to the highest county risk level under the state’s new tiered system, indoor services at restaurants, places of worship and gyms and fitness centers may again be prohibited. The county is advocating with the State to delay further restrictions.