Rocky Fire Evacuation Advisory

The Rocky Fire in Lake County is cur­rently mov­ing in a north­ern direc­tion towards High­way 20 and has the poten­tial to reach the high­way some­time today. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office with the assis­tance of allied agen­cies, are cur­rently advis­ing res­i­dents located in the area of the fire dan­ger. The area where the fire could reach and pos­si­bly cross the high­way is located between New Long Val­ley Road and the Dou­ble Eagle hous­ing devel­op­ment, which is located east of Clear­lake Oaks.

At this time the Sheriff’s Office is issu­ing an advi­sory to pre­pare res­i­dents for the pos­si­bil­ity of a manda­tory evac­u­a­tion. We are ask­ing res­i­dents to gather their med­ica­tions, pets and impor­tant papers and be pre­pared to evac­u­ate with lit­tle notice. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will update the pub­lic as the fire con­tin­ues to move towards High­way 20.

The Rocky Fire has con­sumed 13,500 acres since it began Wednes­day after­noon near Mor­gan Val­ley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake, and is only 5% contained

*The Evac­u­a­tion Advi­sory for the Rocky Fire has been issued for The Dou­ble Eagle Ranch and homes along the high­way 20 cor­ri­dor between New Long Val­ley Rd. and east to the county line. The evac­u­a­tion cen­ter in Clear Lake has been closed. An evac­u­a­tion cen­ter was opened at Mid­dle­town High School in Mid­dle­town and is bet­ter suited to han­dle the evac­uees. Evac­u­a­tions are still in effect for the area North of Mor­gan Val­ley and East of Bon­ham Rd, Jerusalem Grade Rd, Spruce Grove Rd (North end), Noble Ranch Rd and Cantwell Ranch Rd.

Get the lat­est Cal Fire updates here:
http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=1161

Get the the lat­est Lake County Sheriff’s Office Updates here:
https://local.nixle.com/lake-county-ca-sheriffs-department/

Rocky Fire Concerns for Pets and Livestock

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is cur­rently work­ing with Lake County Ani­mal Care and Con­trol to check on ani­mals and live­stock which were left within the fire evac­u­a­tion area of the Rocky Fire. If you are con­cerned about the wel­fare of your ani­mals which were left within the evac­u­a­tion area, con­tact the Lake County Ani­mal Care and Con­trol at (707) 263‑0278. The Sheriff’s Office will attempt to accom­mo­date requests to check the wel­fare of pets or live­stock depend­ing on fire conditions.

An ani­mal evac­u­a­tion cen­ter is opened at the Lower Lake Social Ser­vices park­ing lot, 15975 Ander­son Ranch Park­way, in Lower Lake.

Fort Bragg National Night Out

The city of Fort Bragg is host­ing the 32nd Annual National Night Out Event. Over 38 mil­lion neigh­bors across 16,000 com­mu­ni­ties will cel­e­brate National Night Out, America’s Night Out Against Crime. The event is an effort to pro­mote involve­ment in crime pre­ven­tion activ­i­ties, police-community part­ner­ships, neigh­bor­hood cama­raderie and send a mes­sage to crim­i­nals let­ting them know that neigh­bor­hoods are orga­nized and fight­ing back. The Fort Bragg Police Depart­ment and Neigh­bor­hood Watch will be host­ing this year’s cel­e­bra­tion at Bain­bridge Park from 5 pm to 7pm. Come out and join the cel­e­bra­tion and enjoy a bar­beque hot dog din­ner. For more infor­ma­tion or if you would like to get involved in the event, con­tact Sergeant McLaugh­lin at the Fort Bragg Police Department.

Rocky Fire Update

The wild­fire burn­ing east of Lower Lake has grown to more than 8,000 acres, with no con­tain­ment. Author­i­ties ordered manda­tory evac­u­a­tions imme­di­ately after the blaze broke out yes­ter­day after­noon in Lake County. The Rocky Fire is mov­ing fast because the ter­rain is heavy with brush and tim­ber, with Cal Fire say­ing access is dif­fi­cult. Sev­eral struc­tures have been destroyed. Tem­per­a­tures are reported above 100 degrees with low humid­ity and 11 mph winds.
An evac­u­a­tion cen­ter has been set up at the High­land Senior Cen­ter in Clear­lake. The Lake County Office of Emer­gency Ser­vices has an infor­ma­tion line set up at (707) 263‑2360, and will be post­ing infor­ma­tion on the Lake County OES Face­book page:

Three people injured in 4 car crash

Three peo­ple were injured in a chain-reaction car crash in Ukiah. The four vehi­cle col­li­son hap­pened yes­ter­day after­noon around 2 o’clock near the inter­sec­tion of Tal­mage Road and Air­port Park Boule­vard. Police say a mini­van rear-ended an SUV, which then rear ended a pick up truck, which then hit another pickup who was wait­ing to turn right onto Air­port Park Boule­vard from Tal­mage Road. Two adults and one child were taken to the hos­pi­tal with minor injuries, and four oth­ers refused treat­ment. The acci­dent remains under investigation.

Wanted sex offender

The Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s office is search­ing for a man that report­edly didn’t reg­is­ter as a sex offender. 60 year old John Kacher is wanted on a $15,000 war­rant. He’s described as 5′ 10″, brown hair and brown eyes, weigh­ing around 250 lbs. Any­one with info about his where abouts is asked to call the sheriff’s Dis­patch at (707) 463‑4086.

Rocky Fire Resources Committed

The Rocky fire broke which broke out after­noon near Mor­gan Val­ley Road and Rocky Creek Road, east of Lower Lake has scorched over 5,000 acres and has destroyed some build­ings. Around 500 res­i­dents have been evac­u­ated. Sev­eral local and regional agen­cies are work­ing together on the fire. Resources com­mit­ted include 315 fire­fight­ers, 35 fire engines, eight fire crews, eight air tankers, eight heli­copters, nine doz­ers and four water tenders.

Speed Limits Going Up in Areas Along Hwy 20

The speed limit will soon be going up along cer­tain areas on High­way 20. Cal­trans is plan­ning on rais­ing the speed limit by 5 miles per hour in the stretch imme­di­ately approach­ing the city of Willits from Fort Bragg. Willits News reports, The speeds will be raised from 30 to 35 mph, from 40 to 45 mph, and from 50 to 55 mph between post mark­ers 32.5 and 33.0, a zone which includes three local road inter­sec­tions and one route to Blosser Lane Ele­men­tary School. The speed lim­its will not be enforced until the new signs are installed to notify motorists, which can take up to four months. Cal­trans will also be installing a flash­ing radar feed­back sign, to indi­cate to pass­ing cars their cur­rent speed to improve safety in those zones.

MCSO Warn of Phone Scam

The Men­do­cino County Sheriff’s Office reports that they’ve received sev­eral calls from con­cerned cit­i­zens who are report­ing a pos­si­ble money trans­fer scam. The vic­tims say they were called by a per­son who claimed they were the the MCSO, and told them they’d missed jury duty and a war­rant would be issued for their arrest as a result. The Scam­mers then instruct the vic­tim that they can pay off an arrest war­rant by obtain­ing an amount of money, (Over $5,000.00) and for­ward it elec­tron­i­cally via var­i­ous money send­ing pro­grams located in local gro­cery stores. The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind every­one that MCSO never calls peo­ple to try to obtain money in this fash­ion and if you receive one of these calls it is likely a money scam. If you receive a call like this, you’re asked ot con­tact your local law enforce­ment agency to report it.

For more infor­ma­tion on money trans­fer scams please see the Fed­eral Trade com­mis­sion web­site at

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/media/video-0046-money-transfer-scams

Clearlake Oaks Water District receives grant and loan for new sewer system

The U.S Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture has granted the Clear­lake Oaks County Water Dis­trict with a $1 mil­lion grant and a $2.8 mil­lion low inter­est loan for the sewer sys­tem. The Record Bee reports, The dis­trict is cur­rently fin­ish­ing up a $499,000 grant from the Clean Water State Revolv­ing Fund for an inflow and infil­tra­tion study, which cov­ers all lift sta­tions and a haz­ard mit­i­ga­tion sit­u­a­tion that has been fac­ing the dis­trict for years. Also, they received ver­bal approval on a study grant for the waste­water treat­ment plant, in addi­tion to an approval that was autho­rized from Depart­ment of Water Resources for a $400,000 study for the water dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tem. The paper states, Clear­lake Oaks infra­struc­ture was installed back in the 1960s and is now dete­ri­o­rat­ing, caus­ing fre­quent water main breaks with Water out­ages and “boil water” notices becom­ing the norm in the District.