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Updates : during the fire this page was updated minute by minute. With the re-opening of Lower Lake the news is less urgent, so only periodic updates will be made. (Last updated 8/22/16 3:30pm)

All areas are open : :

See this report for guidance on returning home.

Recovery Assistance:

Lake County Social Services and community volunteers are hosting a Mini Local Assistance Center (LAC) for Clayton Fire survivors Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am, at Adult Services, 16170 C Main Street in Lower Lake. During this time, survivors will be asked to complete a brief survey to help partner agencies assess needs and provide services. Referrals for help will also be made to American Red Cross, Salvation Army and North Coast Opportunities.

The LAC will be in full swing, just across the street at the old Lower Lake Bank Building, 16195 Main Street, Lower Lake, starting Monday and operating from 10 am to 7 pm. The LAC will run through Friday, August 26th and may be extended depending on need. The full LAC will offer many additional agencies and services

North Coast Opportunities (see below on how to donate) is soliciting applications for assistance: “Applications are due no later than four weeks after the official CalFire containment date. … Last year’s committee comprised of fund partners and community members has been reactivated. They will review all applications starting next week, and will prioritize funding based on the level of need.

Official announcements are at Lake County CA Sheriff’s Department (Nixel) and Lake County OES Facebook Page

Konocti Harbor Resorts is opening an additional 25 rental units for victims of the Clayton fire, for $1000 a month. See the comment below for details and contact numbers.

A Clearlake man has been arrested on 17 charges of Arson.

The official Cal Fire report is at Clayton Fire #1390, but this is updated only a few times a day.

Latest: August 22, 2016 6:30 am : 3,929 acres – 95% contained. Current data indicates that the fire has destroyed 299 structures; including 189 single-family homes, 8 commercial structures, and 102 other structures such as sheds and smaller outbuildings. An additional 28 are damaged.

The following evacuation centers have been set up in the south county:

Twin Pine Casino & Hotel, 22223 Hwy 29 Middletown.

Moose lodge (corner of 20 and 53) is no longer open with services, though some RV’s are still there.

Animals : Try the SPCA at Kit’s Corner (29 at Soda Bay Road) 707 279 1400 (but they are close to capacity and are looking for foster-pet-parents). If you left an animal behind when you evacuated call Animal Control at 707 263 0278 8am to 11pm. After hours call the sheriff dispatch number at 707 263 2690 They are patrolling the evacuated areas and feeding and/or rescuing animals. Supplies are needed : see the list in the comments.

Lake Transit has resumed full, normal services. Call (707) 263-3334


The Lower Lake County Water System was significantly impacted by the Clayton Fire. There is a mandatory Boil Water Order.

There will be service interruptions and Boil Water Orders for some time.

When returning home, bring bottled water with you. There will be interruptions in service and a supply of drinking water will be needed.

Inspect your home to make sure there are no open hose bibs or broken lines.

Use water sparingly until the tank levels can be restored. Do not hose down houses or cars.

Bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before drinking or cooking.
Water had to be turned off to many surviving homes to try to stop leaks and restore pressure. If you return home and do not have water you can call 489-1831 for assistance.


The following schools will be open on Monday, Aug. 22:

Burns Valley Elementary, East Lake Elementary, Pomo Elementary and the Konocti Education Center (including the School for the Arts and Health Magnet School).

District Staff are currently cleaning schools in the Lower Lake area in anticipation of reopening. Schools in the Lower Lake area will reopen as soon as we can ensure a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

Mail: the Lower Lake Post Office is OK, but closed. All mail is being sent to Olympic Drive, Clearlake (bring an ID or old mail).

Information Concerning Donations

Ways to donate – to help Clayton Fire Survivors

Monetary Donations:

North Coast Opportunities, Inc. (NCO) is re-activating the fire relief fund created during 2015’s devastating Lake County wildfires, and is already working with local organizations to react as quickly as possible to the Clayton fire. Visit for details on how to apply for assistance, donate or volunteer.

Mendo-Lake Credit Union

Lake Area Rotary Club Association

Lake County Rising

Lower Lake Community Action Group (see comments below for contact information)

Please, NO in-kind donations of food, clothing, goods, household items, etc.

The County of Lake is not able to accept or manage donations for the Clayton Fire. In the Valley Fire, donations far exceeded the needs of survivors and in many cases, were not suitable for distribution to survivors. The County was forced to spend several hundred thousand dollars, taxpayer funds, to dispose of unneeded, unusable donations. In light of this new disaster, the County m! ust focus depleted resources on Clayton Fire recovery efforts.

Another source for information is Lake County Recovers.

You can listen to a fire scanner at Clayton Incident Lake County, Ca. Some scanner information is transcribed at Scanner News. This information is NOT verified.

A satellite-based fire map is at Mapping Support
WARNING: this information is satellite-based and can be TWO DAYS out of date. Do not use it for life-and-death decisions.

Kym Kemp has fire maps, which appear to be based on official information, such as infra-red flights.

For local reports see our KPFZ Facebook Page.

If you have an important link, please enter it as a comment here, or email it to : Webmaster and we will add it to this page.

Note : these comments are not for general discussion, so we may delete them once the relevant informaton has been obtained.


Change is in the air! Or should it be, Change is on the air! Either way you say it, the KPFZ program schedule is going through some changes.

First off, a HUGE THANK YOU to Tim Hoff. Tim Hoff, most recently programmer for “Eclectic Echoes” and “Easy Rollin'”, has left the building. We thank him for his many years with KPFZ and all that he did. Tim filled many roles at the station during his tenure here. We wish him well in any future endeavors.

On Friday mornings, a repeat of “Pagan World Views”, hosted by Willowoak, Macha, and Verge, will be airing from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m.

A brand new show is making its debut on Friday night at 11:00 p.m. Peter Tibbets is hosting “The Wicked Good Show” until 3:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. If you’re a night owl, Peter’s name may sound familiar. That’s because Peter has filled in as host on Verge’s show Up All Night, heard every Tuesday night.

Rockin’ the Lake” will repeat after Peter’s show from 3:00 to 5:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Q and Deb will keep you rockin’ on!

Saturday morning officially kicks off with a repeat of Debbie Bielenberg’s show, the “Savings and Trust” starting at 5 a.m.

Folkscene is rejoining the station with the original show airing on Saturday evenings from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.  It will be rebroadcast on Monday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Station Manager Andy Weiss says, “Things will be a bit chaotic for a while – just to drive Judy Bond, KPFZ Facebook Editor, nuts!”.

Stay tuned!

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Tune in to Women’s Voices this Thursday, July 21, 2016, from 9 – 10 am. Cecilia Aguia-Curry will be joining co-hosts Lenny Matthews and Aqeela Markowski. In addition, Olga Martin-Steele will appear on the show.

Don’t miss this exciting show!

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There is a change to the Saturday broadcast schedule. Citizen Lake with Chris Newell and Francis has moved to Saturdays at 9 a.m. from his Monday timeslot. Citizen Lake is a community oriented public radio program addressing political, climate, economic and social issues effecting Lake County California

Al Duncan’s News Behind the News is on a brief hiatus.

Tune in Saturday morning at 9 a.m. to listen to Citizen Lake.

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Have you heard? Drew Woodson, host of Story Tellers, is back on the air. As you probably remember, Drew is attending college but while on his summer break he will be hosting Story Tellers every Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. How awesome is that?

Special thanks to Tee Watts for making Drew’s return possible by giving up his Cyber Soul Man Review replay slot. You can still hear Tee on Cyber Soul Man Review on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

Tune into 88.1 fm to listen as Drew uses music to tells a story.

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Thank you for the awesome support shown during the annual KPFZ 88.1 FM Spring Fun-A-Thon Fund Drive and Open House. As of April 29th, we raised $15,585 in pledges during the fund drive. The mail-out fund drive has raised $5,380 so far. KPFZ supporters are AWESOME!!! Programmers enjoyed the opportunity to meet and chat with listeners during the open house. All of us were grateful for and enjoyed the refreshments everyone brought.

Just a reminder, if you haven’t paid your pledge, please stop by the station at 149 N. Main Street or mail it to KPFZ, P.O. Box 446, Lakeport, CA 95453. Also, if you requested a premium, be sure and stop by the station to pick it up. Mornings are usually best but call 707/263.3640 to make arrangements if another time works better for you.

Remember, it is not too late to become a member or donate! Call 707/263-3640 now!

Thank you again for proving that KPFZ really is listener-supported radio!

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If you’re not already a fan  of the KPFZ Friday afternoon radio program heard weekly at 1 p.m., “A Place to Be”, you should be.  Please join hosts Derek Fiedler and Joyce Adams for discussions on all aspects of our community.

Tune in, listen and then call 707 263-3435 with comments & questions.

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Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is a hobby about radio communications.  Often called, “Ham Radio” or simply, “Hams”, it’s adherents regularly talk on the radio with others all over the county and the world.

To learn more, tune in to “Kila the Magic Husky’s Ham Radio College” featuring a beautiful white Siberian Husky named Kila and her trusty human companion, Ben on Monday afternoons at 1pm on KPFZ 88.1 FM Listener Supported Radio.  For more information about the show or to see actual pictures of Kila, see .  Kila also posts links to all the shows on her website so you can also listen to them at your convenience.

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Did you tune in to KPFZ on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. expecting to hear Dr. Ann West?  Don’t despair, Dr. West is still on the air.  Truth from the Source has moved to Thursdays.

Listen to Truth from the Source on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.  The show features a modern take on consciousness and communication.

So mark your schedule for Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

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Tee Watts is hosting a new show, the Cyber-Soul Man Review.  The show airs every Tuesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Soul music incorporates the elements of gospel music and rhythm and blues with an emphasis on vocalists.

Take time to listen to Tee on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.!


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V. General Manager’s Report – Andy
     Program Update Fire Coverage Other

     A. Events – October 15 Blues & BBQ
     B. Website Report – Alan
     C. Underwriting – Andy

     Yard Sale on October 15



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The Board Of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. Board members will meet upstairs in the KPFZ office at 149 North Main Street in Lakeport. The public is always encouraged and welcome to attend.

Please check in with this website or the KPFZ station at 707-263-3640 for meeting agendas and any updates.

Mark your calendars! See you there.

Future meeting – September 28, 2016 at 6:15 p.m.

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Away from Lake County and you miss listening to your favorite KPFZ shows? Well, fret no more, the wait is over. Livestreaming has returned to Just open your favorite web browser, go to and click on the link at the top of the home page.

Many thanks to all the staff and volunteers who worked hard to get our livestreaming back.

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