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Lake County Public Health Officer Declares Health Emergency Related to the LNU Lightning Complex Fire

Health Effects Include the Direct Risks of Air Quality from Wildfire Smoke, Toxic Fumes and the Unsafe Removal of Hazardous Waste Debris

LAKE COUNTY, CA – Lake County Public Health Officer Dr. Gary Pace declared a local health emergency on September 9, 2020 for those areas directly impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex wildfire which began on August 18, 2020 in Napa County and spread to Lake County resulting in 9 structures lost and a total of 85,000 acres burned.

Public Health Officer Gary Pace stated, “This step is the first recovery step in many steps for those impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire. Legislative actions taken by the both the State of California and the United States Federal Government enabled Lake County to make this declaration and will additionally provide resources and financial assistance to our community members who were directly impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex fire”.

The Lake County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider ratification of the declaration of a local emergency at a special meeting on September 10, 2020.

“The heroic actions of local and regional firefighters are deeply appreciated. Cleanup of the destroyed home sites may begin as soon as Friday, said Dr. Gary Pace.

Residents seeking more information related to community disaster resources should access the website http://recovery.lakecountyca.gov.

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