According to Cal-Fire’s report last night three-week-old Valley fire is at 99-percent containment. Officials expect the fire to be fully contained by tonight. Cal Fire said 248 personnel remain committed to the mop up, patrol and landscape rehabilitation activities.
FEMA is urging insured fire victims to register for assistance.
FEMA can’t duplicate insurance or other benefits for Lake County residents affected by the Valley Fire, however, they may be able to help survivors with uninsured or underinsured losses or if their insurance settlement is delayed. If you’ve received a settlement from your insurance company, yet still have unmet disaster-related needs, you may be eligible for a grant. That grant can help to cover temporary housing costs, emergency home repairs, disaster-related medical, dental and funeral costs and other disaster-related expenses. Applicants should notify FEMA of their situation and provide insurance company documentation. You can register for FEMA assistance online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800–621-3362.
The teen who killed members of a Laytonville family in a stabbing spree will make his final appearance in Mendocino County Superior Court today. According to the Probation Department’s report and final sentencing recommendations, Talen Clark Barton admitted that he intended to attack Teo and Coleman Palmieri as part of a planned murder-suicide. Dr. Cindy Norvell, Teo’s mother and Coleman’s wife was injured while trying to stop the attack. Her brother visiting from Canada was also injured. Barton was taken in by the Palmieri family two years ago after he had been arrested for threatening his previous foster mother, Denise Shields. Barton agreed to a minimum 71-year mandatory sentence. He will receive an official sentence this morning.
Water samples from the area where a fish die-off occured over two days last week on Clear Lake have been sent to a lab for analysis. The first die-off was reported on Wednesday and Thursday along a stretch of shoreline in Clearlake. On Friday, more dead fish were reported along the shores of Baylis Cove — between Clearlake Riviera and Anderson Marsh. Tests are underway by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Big Valley Rancheria to determine the cause.
A Covelo woman was reportedly attacked while getting her nails done at a local salon…
According to Ukiah Police, a woman was arrested last week after allegedly attacking another woman in a nail salon. Officers were called to the First Nails Salon on East Perkins Street to a report of two women who were fighting inside the business. The victim 40 year old Nicole Whipple told officers she came into the salon to get a pedicure and saw 35 year old Eloisa Britton of Covelo, and asked to be seated away from her because they do not get along. Soon after Britton approached Whipple and punched her from behind, knocking her to the floor. Britton then got on top of Whipple, punching her several times before the two were separated. Whipple placed Britton under citizen’s arrest for battery.
This week the Ukiah City Council will decide if residents can add their food waste to their yard waste bins. The Daily Journal reports, While many residents admit they are already doing so, contracts that would officially allow Ukiah residents to add their food waste to their yard waste bins will go before the City Council on Wednesday. The city manager says, he clearly heard that the council wanted to allow city residents to divert their food waste from landfills as soon as possible. The city’s garbage hauler C&S Solutions says they will begin accepting mixed organics as of November 1st.
California is once again considering a move to tighten its restrictions on guns with a ban on the concealed carry of handguns at colleges and schools. Governor Jerry Brown is considering the legislation after the school shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, that left 10 people dead, including the gunman. California law makes it illegal to possess a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school or on a college campus without permission from administrators. But it includes exemptions for retired law enforcement officers and those with concealed carry permits.
The Governor has issued an order to expedite emergency housing for the thousands Valley fire survivors who have been left homeless.
The 76,067-acre fire, is expected to be fully contained tomorrow. The fire has destroyed approximately 1,958 structures, including more than 1,300 homes, according to Cal Fire. The fire may have left more than 3,600 people without homes. Governor Jerry Brown issed his executive order for temporary housing on Friday. The Lake County Board of Supervisors will meet tomorrow morning at 9 to discuss housing issues. A proposed interim urgency ordinance will be introduced that would defer Lake County Zoning Ordinance provisions pertaining to the use of RVs as temporary dwellings due to the Valley fire. The meeting can be watched live on Channel 8 or online:
The Lake County Disaster Recovery Center in Clearlake is open to help survivors impacted by the Valley Fire. The center is located at 14848 Olympic Drive. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State of California, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies are among those represented to explain assistance programs and help survivors register. There are two other DRCs to assist California wildfire survivors. To find the nearest location, visit fema.gov/drc.
Last week, the Fort Bragg City Council declared a Stage 3 Water Emergency after the City’s Noyo River water diversion became too impacted by saltwater to be used. The city has suspended sales of water to water haulers. They have implemented conservation protocols at the Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Water Treatment Plant. The city also turned off all City landscape irrigation, and are turning off all of the landscape meters connected to the City water system. Leaders say these actions alone will shave nearly 75,000 gallons per day from the citywide water use.