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Breaking News: Napa Earthquake; Lodge Lightning Complex Fire

Napa earthquake (Updated at 8:50am Wednesday August 27): According to the USGS, an earthquake and several aftershocks were recorded Sunday morning. The original quake at 3:20am Sunday morning was measured at 6.0 and was centered near American Canyon. Three aftershocks were recorded near Napa: at 5:01am (2.5), at 5:47am (3.6), and 7:22am (2.5); two more near American Canyon at 7:54am (2.8), and 10:38am (2.6).  Additional aftershocks were reported by USGS in the area on Tuesday, including a 3.9 shake at 5:33am. Sunday's quake was the strongest in the Bay Area since the 6.9 Loma Prieta quake (October 17, 1989).

KQED reports the following information:
• Napa’s Queen of the Valley Hospital reports treating 209 people between the time the earthquake struck at 3:20 a.m. and 11 p.m. Sunday. The hospital says a total of 17 people were admitted, most in fair to serious condition. One person remains in critical condition. Vallejo is reporting 49 minor injuries.
• Napa officials say the list of badly damaged buildings in the city has grown dramatically as inspectors continue the long, slow process of assessing structures in the wake of Sunday’s earthquake. The city said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference that it expects to have red-tagged 120 structures by the end of the day. That means they’re unsafe to enter pending further assessment or repairs. Another 500 have been yellow-tagged, meaning that while premises may be entered, they’re unfit for occupancy. 
• The Napa Fire Department reported Monday it responded to 50 fires after the quake, including one in a mobile home park that destroyed four units and damaged several others. Fire officials said an initial lack of water due to water-main breaks led to some of the destruction.
Additional detailed information can be found at KQED's website: KQED reports.

The Napa Valley Register reports that "after two days of earthquake cleanup and inspection, public schools in Napa, American Canyon and Yountville will reopen on Wednesday."
Additional detailed information can be found at The Napa Valley Register's website.

Lodge Fire: Crews continue to monitor and work hot spots and lingering fires within the perimeter of the Lodge Fire site. At last report the fire had consumed 12,535 acres and was 96% contained. Some smoke can be detected in the Leggett Laytonville, Ukiah and adjacent areas. 

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The Willits City Council meeting this Wed. At 6:30 at City Hall will deal with 

three important issues.

The first is Discussion and Possible Action Regarding Use of City Streets by the Contractor - DaSilvaGates, Flatiron on the Willits Bypass Project.

The second is the Discussion and Possible Direction Regarding Potential 

Use/Purchase of Treated Wastewater by the Contractors on the Willits 

Bypass Project (as requested by Councilmember Strong)

According to Mayor Holly Madrigal appearing on Mendo Matters last week, 

the amount of water required for dust abatement is quite a bit in excess of 

what had expected particularly in light of a later agenda item to Adopt a 

Resolution Declaring a Phase I Water Shortage Emergency.













Two water districts in the Sacramento area have filed a lawsuit in federal 

court in Fresno to stop increased flows on the Trinity River set to begin on 

August 13. 

The Westlands Water District and San Luis Delta Mendota Water Authority allege that the Bureau of Reclamation's planned releases from Trinity 

Reservoir to protect salmon in the lower Klamath River would be unlawful 

and would further cut water available for the growers, causing them 

"significant and irreparable harm"

"Instead of releasing that water to the Trinity River, Defendants could export it to the Sacramento watershed to support deliveries to members of the 

Authority. By doing so, Reclamation could restore the 5% allocation to south-of-Delta contractors that was cut on March 22, 2013." 

The Hoopa Valley Tribe responded by intervening in the lawsuit in support

 of increased releases down the Trinity.

"Our fisheries scientists are very concerned about developing fish disease 

conditions in the Lower Klamath River, conditions that will affect the salmon runs returning to the Trinity River," said Danielle Vigil-Masten, Chair of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. " A die -off of Trinity River salmon, if it were to occur again this year, would be very harmful to the many Hoopa tribal members who rely upon these fish." 

The Yurok Tribe and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations

 (PCFFA) will also intervene in the lawsuit in support of the Trinity River


The Mendocino County Woody Biomass Working Group and the Coastal 

Biomass Collaborative invite the public to attend community education and discussion sessions this month regarding the ecological impact of biomass 

removal in Mendocino County forests.The meetings concern the ecological harm caused by  overharvesting of biomass .

Three events will be held :

- Fort Bragg, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 5-7:30 p.m., County Library community room.

- Covelo, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 5-7:30 p.m., Tribal Administration Building.

- Ukiah, Thursday, Aug. 22, 5-7:30 p.m., Grace Hudson Museum.

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The California Office of Environmental Health has issued its first-ever set of statewide guidelines for eating safe fish from California's lakes 

and reservoirs, including many in Northern California.

The new advisory advises that women between the ages of 18 and 45 and 

children under 18 should avoid eating bass, carp, and brown trout larger 

than 16 inches because of a risk of methyl mercury exposure, which has 

been shown to damage the brain and nervous system.

Some species of fish, like bullhead, catfish and bluegill are acceptable for

 consumption at one serving a week. Species that are safe to eat include 

wild-caught rainbow trout, and small brown trout.

The advisory and guidelines stem from the evaluation of 272 lakes and 

reservoirs, and 2,600 fish samples.

A recently released study found that sportfish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed had higher concentrations of mercury and 

PCB's than anywhere else in the state.


The advisories can be found at: www.oehha.ca.gov/fish.html




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