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Some Lake County Residents Evacuated Due to Valley Fire Allowed to Return Home

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    Some Lake County residents displaced by the Valley Fire are being allowed to return to their communities late Friday and on Saturday, Cal Fire officials said. Chuck Coppola reports. (Published Friday, Sept. 18, 2015)

    Some Lake County residents displaced by the Valley Fire are being allowed to return to their communities late Friday and on Saturday, Cal Fire officials said.

    Roadblocks to the communities of Twin Lakes and Rancho Sendero were removed around 6 p.m. Friday, and the mandatory evacuation for Middletown will be lifted at noon tomorrow, Cal Fire officials said.

    Some roads will remain closed in the area to support the orderly return of residents to their homes, officials said.

    A mandatory evacuation order was also lifted Thursday at 4 p.m. for Berryessa Estates for residents only.

    Veterinarians Rescue Pets Injured in Valley Fire

    [BAY] Veterinarians Rescue Pets Injured in Valley Fire
    Veterinarians and volunteers at the Middletown Animal Hospital have been working around the clock to rescue and treat injured animals. Jodi Hernandez reports.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 18, 2015)

    The evacuations occurred as a result of the 73,700-acre Valley Fire, which started at 1:24 p.m. Saturday in the area of Cobb in Lake County, and was still only 45 percent contained as of Friday evening.

    The fire, which is burning in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties, has killed at least three people so far and injured four firefighters.

    At least 585 homes and hundreds of other structures have been destroyed, and at least 7,800 other residential and commercial structures remain threatened, Cal Fire officials said Friday evening.

    Evacuation shelters have been opened in Calistoga, Kelseyville and Clearlake.

    Two Lake County school districts are also set to reopen on Monday and a third is hoping to reopen by the end of next week, the Lake County Office of Education said Friday.

    The Konocti and Kelseyville unified school districts will reopen Monday. Schools in hard-hit Middletown in south Lake County are hoping to reopen next week or by Monday Sept. 28.

    Valley Fire: Public Health Emergency Declared in Lake County

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    Lake County leaders declared a public health emergency on Friday due to concerns about possible “chemical and contaminants” that might have been contained in structures that burned up during the Valley Fire. Damian Trujillo reports.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 18, 2015)

    The Lake County Office of Education is informing displaced families they have a right under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act to enroll their students in the area where they are currently residing.

    In a letter to Middletown Unified School District families, Superintendent Catherine Stone said a number of teachers, staff, principals and families have lost their homes.

    Stone said the district is trying to find a way to provide bus service into the Middletown District for people who are staying in Clearlake and Kelseyville and other areas and want their students to continue attending Middletown schools.

    Teams of counselors and mental health professionals will be on campus to help students deal with the trauma of the Valley Fire, Stone said.

    Stone said there is a lot of smoke, soot and ash at the Cobb and Middletown schools, but the Minnie Canyon, Coyote Valley and Middle school campuses were not heavily affected.

    "We are developing plans to bring the Cobb kids and their teachers into town until Cobb reopens. Our goal is to keep everyone together," Stone said in the letter to the families.

    Some Evacuees Hope to Go Home as Valley Fire Containment Grows to 40%

    [BAY] Some Evacuees Hope to Go Home as Valley Fire Containment Grows to 40%
    Residents living in Napa County's Berryessa Estates could soon go home as a mandatory evacuation order was lifted. Bob Redell reports.
    (Published Friday, Sept. 18, 2015)

    Residents returning to their homes are urged to stay aware of current fire conditions and remain aware of hazardous conditions such as downed power lines, smoke and hot patches, hazardous chemicals and damaged structures.

    Residents who need help in either removing animals that died in the fire or in locating animals that might have been rescued should contact Lake County Animal Care and Control at 707-263-0278.

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