As the July 4th holiday approaches, local officials remind residents that Safe & Sane Fireworks are only allowed in the City of Lakeport between July 1 and July 4. They are illegal in all other areas of Lake County. Possession or transportation of illegal fireworks can lead to a possible fine of up to $50,000 as well as prison or jail for up to one year. Anyone who causes a fire, including those started with safe and sane fireworks, can be held liable for the costs of its suppression and associated property damage.
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CAL FIRE is assuring the public that their station in Fort Bragg is not having a staffing issue. They are responding to recent reports stating that the CAL FIRE Fort Bragg Station was unstaffed. CAL FIRE says they temporarily relocated the engine to ensure availability for emergency response. The MEU responds to nearly 6,000 calls/year.
Protests over the Jackson Demonstration State Forest timber harvest continue. Last week, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s Jackson Demonstration State Forest announced that there would be a temporary pause of operations on the Caspar 500 Timber Harvest Plan to further engage with the local community. Since CAL FIRE has held multiple community listening sessions. On Monday, a group of protestors marched through the streets of Fort Bragg and gathered outside the CalFire office. Protestors accuse the state of harvesting the largest trees to make a profit off the lumber shortage in the housing market. CAL FIRE says the logging operations supplements their firefighting costs and aids in forest management.
The Clearlake Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement special operation over the weekend. Officers conducted numerous traffic stops on Saturday, resulting in multiple citations for speed, moving, and mechanical violations. There was one DUI arrest.
Mendocino County has named Anne Molgaard as the Transition Director for the Public Health Branch of Health & Human Services. A county press release states that Molgaard is a skilled administrator with over 30 years’ experience in health and human services both in the nonprofit and government sectors. CEO Carmel Angelo said, “Anne will lead Public Health through this transition from Health and Human Services to separate departments.” The Public Health Department includes programs that serve Mendocino County’s families, as well as Environmental Health, and the county’s COVID Pandemic Response.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County Office of Emergency Services, along with their public safety partners, launched the “Know Your Zone” campaign last week. Later today, they are hosting a meeting where you can learn about Zonehaven and what it means to “Know Your Zone.” The meeting will be held online via zoom from 5:30-7:30PM, and live streamed to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Residents are encouraged to attend the online community meeting and visit the Sheriff’s Office website / Facebook page for information pertaining to Zonehaven.
The deadline to apply for the “Hands Up Lake County, 2021” small business competition is tomorrow. A total of $50,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to five local small businesses in this year’s competition from the nonprofit, 1Team 1Dream, which aims to improve the Lake County economy. Learn more at 1team1dream.net.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is continuing their search for an armed and dangerous suspect. 40-year-old Willam Allen Evers is wanted for several burglaries of homes in the rural county area, and for firing at a deputy after a recent burglary. A further search of the heavily wooded Cameron Road area in Elk will continue for multiple days.
Several structures were destroyed in the Church Fire in Kelseyville, which forced community-wide evacuations. The fire was first dispatched at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday. All of Church Street was evacuated immediately after dispatch, and at 3:40 p.m. mandatory evacuations were also issued from Main Street to Highway 29. Live Oak Drive to First Street was placed under evacuation advisory. Forward progress was stopped by 4:30 p.m. The fire destroyed two homes and two outbuildings. One of the outbuildings was a large garage with two vehicles inside. The fire burned approximately 3.4 acres.
The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors swill hold public meetings on water supply, tomorrow and Wednesday at several locations across the county. Meetings will be held in Anderson Valley, Mendocino, Ft. Bragg & Willits. The meetings will address water supplies during the ongoing drought. Find the meeting schedule at mendocino.org.