04 Nov 2015
Following four years of drought, California is desperately dry. In September 2015, The Valley Fire ripped through Middletown, CA and surrounding communities, killing four, destroying about 2,000 homes and businesses, and scorching nearly 120 square miles.
The fire burned at a terrifying rate, leaving residents just minutes to evacuate. Six weeks later, crews are bulldozing and clearing house sites, restoring power lines, and rushing to stabilize denuded slopes before storms predicted for this winter. Signs around town thank the fire fighters: "We know you tried." And neighbors –- some who have lost everything -- say they were lucky.
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