Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, is once again affecting bodies of water in the area, and local Public and Environmental Health officials are advising people to avoid contact with this potentially toxic bacteria.

Three fires broke out in Lake County on Monday but they were quickly contained.

The first occurred around 2 p.m. in a field across from the 16000 block of Bryant Road in Lower Lake.  The blaze, which was between three to five acres and drew a response of multiple agencies, had its forward progress halted when it ran into a nearby creek 30 minutes later.

It was reported as contained around 3 p.m.

A water main broke in an alley in Fort Bragg on Monday.

According to a press release from the city, the main broke around 4 p.m. off of Elm Street in between Franklin and Stewart Streets. A crew from The Department of Public Works responded and is working to minimize disruption to customers as far as several blocks away. 

A temporary repair was expected Tuesday morning.

Reporter Jason Morash talks with The Willits News editor Ariel Carmona about a proposed billboard to help businesses affected by the U.S. Highway 101 bypass, the Grade Fire, and fire hazard-properties in Brooktrails.

In the wake of the California Legislature’s passage of its massive transportation funding bill, CalTrans has decided to immediately expedite some of the money to 13 projects statewide.

One of those projects will be here in Mendocino County, as the agency plans to pave four miles of State Route 162 near Covelo.

According to Caltrans District One representative Phil Frisbie, the $3 million project — which will span from mile markers 25 to 29 — is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

Weather July 24

Jul 24, 2017

Look for coastal clouds and patchy fog the next few nights and into the morning hours. Seasonably warm temperatures are expected inland and will increase by the weekend.

On the seas, northerly gale force winds are expected over the northern outer waters tonight. These winds will also lead to steep seas throughout the region.

And now, let's take a look at your two-day forecast for Lake and Mendocino Counties... 

Due to the recent fires, the Mendocino County Air Quality Management District has activated an air quality advisory for Mendocino Counties.

According to a press release from the MCAQMD, smoke from the Grade Fire is expected to bring some communities into the unhealthy range. The threat mostly lies with Potter Valley and portions of Lake County as the winds are blowing towards the south east.

Courtesy of Cal Fire

Another fire broke out in Mendocino County on Monday, taking resources away from Sunday's Grade Fire.

According to Cal Fire, the Range Fire started around 12:50 p.m. near the gun range on the west side of Cow Mountain. As of  2:15 p.m., the fire was at 20 acres with a moderate rate of spread.

The new fire has caused fire crews to divert resources from Sunday's Grade Fire, which grew to 900 acres and is 25 percent contained.

Further details on the Range Fire's containment weren't available. No injuries or structural damage was reported.

Update at 11:45 PM says:

** Evacuation Order for Baker Subdivision is still in effect. The advisory for the area west of West Road, from Tomki to State Street HAS BEEN LIFTED.**

Update 9:15 p.m. -- According to Cal Fire Public Information Officer Patricia Austin, the fire is estimated at 900 acres and is 10 percent contained. The original estimate was 1,000 but it was lowered after "more detailed mapping."

A briefing from the agency is expected around  10 p.m.

Update 9:05 p.m. --

Friday July 14th at 9 a.m. Pacific daylight time on Politics: A Love Story, Bob Bushansky interviews Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and current president of the American Action Forum policy institute, a conservative think tank. They discuss a study that Holtz-Eakin oversaw during his CBO tenure from 2003 to 2005 that concluded that tax cuts to stimulate the economy usually do not pay for themselves and actually lose the economy 50-70 cents for each dollar cut.