LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (October 20, 2017) – Edgewater Resort has been there for Lake County fire victims each of the past three years. Owner Ken McPherson and Edgewater are stepping up again, offering highly discounted rates for Sulphur Fire Survivors.
Some who lost docks may particularly appreciate that RV sites and cabins are complete with a boat slip. Pets are also welcome and stay for free at Edgewater, up to two dogs per RV site or cabin.
“As a dog lover, I am particularly pleased that Edgewater Resort is providing safe harbor at an affordable price for all members of the family,” relates Carol Huchingson, County Administrative Officer and Disaster Recovery authority. “In each of the disasters since 2015, we have seen how valuable it can be for animals and owners to have the opportunity to recover together.”
RV sites are available for the all-inclusive price of $750 per month, through April 1, 2018. These sites offer water, power (50 amp), sewer, wi-fi and high definition cable television, among many amenities.
Edgewater also has three cabins available through April 1, 2018, priced at $1,000 per month. Each has two primary rooms, one with a queen size bed, and one with two twins; maximum occupancy is four people per cabin. Additionally, cabins have a standard bathroom and fully equipped kitchen, with everything needed to prepare and serve meals. Water, power, wi-fi and high definition cable television are included in Edgewater’s cabin rentals, as well.
“We welcome the opportunity to help Sulphur Fire Survivors get back on their feet,” shares McPherson, “Edgewater is right on Soda Bay, and offers a peaceful setting that has been restorative and healing to many travelers. We hope our resort can aid the recovery of some of those impacted by wildfire.”
With so many in the community displaced from their homes, Lake County is fortunate that community-minded businessmen like Ken McPherson are here to help.
For more information, please call Edgewater Resort today, at 707-279-0208, or visit http://www.edgewaterresort.net/.
Effective immediately, Mt. Konocti County Park, Konocti Regional Trails and Highland Springs Recreational Area are reopening to the public.
Thank you to County residents for understanding and observing recent park closures due to adverse weather conditions and wildfire risk.
The weather has now changed, and we are happy to report that the beauty and outdoor adventure these parks offer can once again be enjoyed by all.
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (October 17, 2017) – Property Owners, including those impacted by the Sulphur Fire, will be receiving property tax bills by the end of this week. These bills will based upon for the full assessed property value, and will not reflect the impact of the fire. Please pay the tax bill by the due date to prevent any penalties.
If you do not receive your property tax bill, you can view it online, at:
Or you can call the Treasurer-Tax office at (707) 263-2234 for a duplicate of your bill.
“We regret that many families will receive these bills while mourning the loss of their homes. While you are responsible to pay any tax bill you receive by the due date, know that those who have been overcharged will be reimbursed. Our office will use all available resources from CAL FIRE and local agencies to ensure affected property values are corrected as soon as possible,” shares Lake County Assessor-Recorder Richard Ford.
Those who have suffered property damage due to wildfire are encouraged to apply for property tax calamity relief, which can result in a reduced property tax obligation. The application is available here:
Assessor’s office staff will be on hand at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) to help property owners through this and other property value-related processes.
Dates: Tuesday, October 17, through Saturday, October 21
Location: Clearlake Senior Community Center, 3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake, CA, 95422
If you are able, please go to the LAC for assistance with Assessment concerns, and a wide array of other services.
Recovery is a community effort, no one should face this alone.
If you have questions regarding services available at the LAC, please call Clearlake City Hall, at (707) 994-8201.
If you have further questions regarding your property tax bill, call the Treasurer-Tax Collector at (707) 263-2234.
For information regarding your property value or calamity reassessment, please call the Assessor’s Office at (707) 263-2302.
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (October 17, 2017) – Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa has been an indispensable partner, helping numerous Lake County residents recover from wildfire. In the wake of the Sulphur Fire, President and General Manager Greg Bennett and his team will once again open their doors to receive wildfire survivors.
“Many County residents are fighting to find a sense of normalcy after losing everything, and quality medium-term housing is an essential step, offering so many essential things, such as a mailing address, reliable electricity and telephone service. When the County reached out to Greg Bennett and Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa for help, they immediately responded, again coming to the aid of County residents,” reports Lake County’s District 5 Supervisor Rob Brown.
If you lost your home, and you have insurance, FEMA support, or can pay $1,000 per month, you may be eligible. Applicants are required to go through a screening process, to ensure the safety of all sheltered at the resort.
The all-inclusive $1,000 monthly fee secures accommodations with 24 hour security, water, sewer, electricity, propane, telephone, cable TV, and more. A limited number of fully furnished one bedroom suites offer a separate bedroom, bathroom, living room with a pull out sofa, fireplace, small full kitchen, and an outdoor deck. Coin laundry facilities are available onsite for Resort residents, as well.
“County Officials and first responders and firefighters are doing so much for this community,” shares Bennett. “We are just trying to help those impacted by the fires, in any little way we can, as their road to recovery begins!”
If you are interested, please call 707-279-6606 today. The Resort’s general hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (October 17, 2017) – Recovery from wildfire is a community effort, and requires that we all stand together with those impacted, and, together, create the best possible way forward.
The City of Clearlake and the County of Lake are teaming up with local first responders, community and national organizations, and State agencies to offer an informational meeting for Sulphur Fire survivors. Attending this meeting can help many take important and organized steps toward recovery.
“It is essential that all of those affected by the Sulphur Fire can get back on their feet as soon as possible,” acknowledges Greg Folsom, Clearlake City Manager. “We want to do everything we can to give people a leg up, and we are very pleased that so many outstanding people and so many resources are being made available to the people of Clearlake.”
The Sulphur Fire Community Recovery Meeting will take place Wednesday, October 18, beginning at 2pm. It will be held at 14050 Olympic Dr., Clearlake, CA.
Among the presenters will be Folsom, County Administrative Officer (CAO) and Valley Fire Recovery Coordinator Carol Huchingson, Clearlake Mayor Russ Perdock and Council and Board members from both the City and County.
Experts in a wide range of specific recovery areas will be present, as well.
The meeting will begin with a comprehensive update of the status of the fire and recovery effort, which will include contributions from law enforcement officials, CAL FIRE Chief Greg Bertelli and representatives from the California Office of Emergency Services and FEMA.
County and State officials and a representative from the National Resources Conservation Service will then offer insights on the practical steps you should take to ensure successful and healthy cleanup of wildfire debris.
Representatives from the American Red Cross, the County and North Coast Opportunities will then offer information on care, shelter, and housing, including suggestions for those with animals.
Following those updates, many representatives will be available to answer questions from Sulphur Fire survivors.
“This is a great opportunity to get information,” states CAO Carol Huchingson. “If you have a key question that will help you with your personal recovery journey, there will be someone in the room that can either directly help or reliably point you in the right direction. We hope that many people will take advantage and attend the Sulphur Fire Community Recovery Meeting.”
For more information, call Clearlake City Hall, at (707) 994-8201.
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (October 14, 2017) – The Sulphur Fire has taken a tremendous toll, and created a great many needs in our community.
Some families are mourning the loss of homes. Some are returning to residences and finding spoiled food and other hazardous conditions. Others remain evacuated, uncertain of the extent of damage to their property.
Given the number and gravity of needs, some may be wondering where to start. Most are likely wondering what needs to address in what order.
You are not alone.
Tuesday through Saturday, October 17 through 21, the City of Clearlake and the County of Lake will partner with community, State, and national service and relief organizations to provide a one-stop Local Assistance Center (LAC) for those impacted by the Sulphur Fire. Please, rather than going it alone, come and allow this experienced team to walk alongside you.
The LAC will be open from 11:00am-7:00pm, at the Clearlake Senior Community Center, located at 3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake, CA, 95422.
Shares City Manager, Greg Folsom, “Our goal is to assist you with recovery and rebuild and help you turn tragedy into a new beginning.”
A wide-ranging array of services and expertise will be available.
If you need food, assistance accessing medical care, or advice regarding temporary and permanent housing, come to the LAC. If you have concerns about your animals or even insurance matters, there will be people on site at the LAC to help. If you need replacement copies of vital records, or a new driver’s license, come to the LAC.
The California Office of Emergency Services, other State Agencies, and Lake County Environmental Health will even have representatives available to assist those trying to navigate the removal of debris from their property.
All of these organizations will be there to help make profoundly complicated situations a little bit easier, and offer some of the first building blocks of a successful long-term recovery.
“We are grateful and excited that such a great team will be helping Clearlake residents respond to the Sulphur Fire,” notes Clearlake City Council Member Bruno Sabatier. “Working together and taking the right steps, we will overcome this disaster, and build a rich and vibrant future.”
For more information, call Clearlake City Hall, at (707) 994-8201.
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (October 14, 2017) – I want to provide an update for District 1 residents who remain concerned about reports that the Tubbs Fire may move north toward Middletown.
I was able to put eyes on the Tubbs Fire last night, with the help of the tremendous people from CAL FIRE. Right now, the lines and the plans they have in place are holding well, and the winds are cooperating.
As District 1 Supervisor, please know that I am in constant communication with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and CAL FIRE. Currently, we remain under an Advisory, which is not a full evacuation. Response teams are using every resource available to them to ensure these fires do not advance.
With Mother Nature’s help, we are optimistic the Tubbs Fire will be contained, and never reach our side of the mountain.
We are deeply appreciative and grateful for the outstanding work of so many over the past week. Our firefighters have been truly remarkable.
If evacuation is required, please rest assured that we will get the word out through appropriate channels.
Please continue to focus your attention on Nixle, CAL FIRE, the Lake County Office of Emergency Services and Lake County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook posts, and other reliable communications.
Again, CAL FIRE Chief Greg Bertelli consistently reminds us, “There is a difference between information and intelligence.”
I will personally continue to monitor the best intelligence available, and any need to evacuate will be communicated in a timely manner.
If evacuation is ultimately required, we ask that you proceed in an orderly fashion, and follow the specific instructions of your emergency response officials.
Mt. Konocti County Park and Regional Trails, Highland Springs Recreational Area Closed Until Further Notice
Due to red flag winds, Mt. Konocti County Park and Regional Trails, Highland Springs Recreation Area closed until further notice.
Please exercise appropriate caution and observe these park closures.
We have exceptional disaster relief teams working on Lake County’s behalf.
It has been an honor all week to be there on the ground with our firefighters and so many County residents, finding ways to take complicated situations and make them manageable. That is what public service is all about, and I will always stand ready to serve this County.
Earlier this morning, I was out in Spring Valley, and was amazed how aggressively and successfully our firefighters were able to get the Long Fire under control.
About an hour ago, I went up to the Geysers, and from Bottle Rock Road all the way through to 101, and got a good look at the Pocket Fire, the impacts it is having and the direction it is headed.
I can personally confirm CAL FIRE’s reports that the Pocket Fire is several miles away from Lake County, and there are several ridges and hillsides it would need to go up and down to get here.
There are fire crews in the area, both air and ground. The wind is blowing away from us, and it would have to go through part of the area that burned in the Sawmill Fire to reach Lake County.
It is safe to confirm what CAL FIRE is saying, it is highly unlikely that Lake County will be at risk.
If you are feeling concerned, know that our people are tested. Lake County has disaster relief and response teams that are every bit as strong as any in the state. They are working for you, and if an immediate threat develops in your area, we will make every effort to let you know and guide you through it.
The fight goes on, and the long journey of recovery is only beginning, but know that I will always work for you, however I can.
My cell phone number is (707) 349-2628.
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (October 12, 2017) – The County has received many requests for information on how to most effectively make donations to assist Sulphur Fire Survivors and their families.
Cash donations are most helpful. They allow those helping to direct assistance to where it is most needed. Clothing donations can require significant time and even financial resources to distribute.
If someone close to you needs clothing or other household items, please provide them if you can; if you are able to help the broader relief effort, cash is best.
Please make cash donations here:
To those directly impacted by wildfire, know that your community’s hearts, minds and hands are with you. County staff has been once again humbled and heartened by the generosity of Lake County residents.
Those who are able, we appreciate your supporting the relief effort with cash donations at this time.
Official information blog for the Lake County Office of Emergency Services