California Insurance Commissioner Visits Area

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones made several stops in Lake County yesterday. He surveyed the damage from the Mendocino Complex, met with local officials, and talked with families at the local assistance center at the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center. He said the visit provided him with a clearer picture of the challenges the county is facing.

More Details on Fatal Crash North of Ukiah

The California Highway Patrol released more information about a fatal crash that happened Wednesday morning on Highway 101 north of Ukiah. Police say a Subaru, driven by a 39-year-old woman from Castro Valley, was going northbound when it veered into the southbound lanes and collided head-on with a pickup, driven by a 72-year-old man from Santa Rosa. The collision killed both drivers.

Latest Fire Update Meeting Largely Focused on Recovery

During a meeting last night hosted by Cal Fire and government officials, Lake County Sheriff and Office of Emergency Services Director Brian Martin said that although the meeting was largely focused on recovery, officials are still responding to the Mendocino Complex as it progresses. He also stressed the danger of ash and debris, asking residents to be mindful of kicking up toxins found in ash particles during cleanup. He said sweeping this material up is not the proper way to do it, make sure you wet it down when you can.

The Lake County Students Fire Relief Fund Launched

State Senator Mike McGuire has teamed up with the North Coast Opportunities to assist students who have been impacted by the Mendocino Complex Fire. The Lake County Students Fire Relief Fund, supported by Redwood Credit Union, will provide financial assistance to any student who lost a home, and will help to fund health and mental services throughout Lake and Mendocino counties. The fund will also help school districts replace music, sports equipment, and other material losses as a result of the fires.

Body of Fallen Firefighter Arrives in Utah

The body of Draper City Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett is home, following a procession yesterday from Ukiah to the Sonoma County Airport. The veteran firefighter died Monday evening after being fatally injured on the Ranch fire portion of the Mendocino Complex. The Utah Firefighters Emerald Society is collecting donations to assist Burchett’s family. Donations can be made at www.utahfes.org/.

Ranch Fire Continues to Actively Burn

The Ranch Fire continues to burn actively in the Mendocino National Forest as well as threaten communities that reside north of the fire perimeter. In Lake and Mendocino counties evacuations remain in places in the area of the fire actively burning above Potter Valley and into the Lake Pillsbury area. The fire is at 67-percent containment, but has grown to over 354,000 acres.

Virtual Recovery meeting for Mendocino Complex

Lake County will host a Mendocino Complex virtual recovery meeting again this evening at 6. Those attending include state and local fire agencies, local leaders, federal and state legislators, the California Office of Emergency Services. It will stream live at: www.facebook.com/lakecountycagov/

Funds from HUD to Help with 2017 Fires

The federal government is giving California 99-million-dollars in grants to help areas hardest hit by 2017 wildfires. The areas Clearlake in Lake County and Redwood Valley in Mendocino County.  The funds are part of a total disaster recovery grant of 212-million-dollars awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to pay for housing and infrastructure improvements statewide.

Man Arrested for Repeat Hit-and-Run

A man who served prison time for a fatal hit-and-run crash in 2010 in Lake County, has been arrested for hit-and-run again. On Sunday afternoon, 38-year-old James Walter Nightingale, of Kelseyville, struck a vehicle in a parking lot, then went over a curb into the eastbound lane of Highway 20 and struck a Jeep. DUI is suspected as a contributing factor in this case.

Mendocino County Names Planning and Building Services Director

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has appointed Brent Schultz as Planning and Building Services director for the county. He has 30 years of municipal government experience in housing, redevelopment and planning.