Valley Fire Evacuees Preparing For Rain

It was a bit of a scramble to protect what’s become a home away from home for Jorge Fonseca and his friend – forced to leave their Lake County home because of the raging Valley Fire.

But on Wednesday, the 13-year-old and his family appeared to be in good spirits, even though they lost everything because of the fire in their Middletown home.

After waking up four mornings in a row in a tent in nearby Calistoga, he’s worried about one more thing: Rain on the way. “Yeah, last night, so chilly, so cold,’’ he said.

“I hope it’s enough to put out the fire but not enough to flood area we’re in,” Greg Lomakin added. He and his family are still in limbo, unsure if their house is still standing. They’ve been living in a tent-trailer, but they may still have to move. “I’ve heard tales this really turns to mud, just floats around pretty good,” he said.

As for Cynthia Gonzalez of Middletown, she said the whole ordeal is “just like a dream or a nightmare for most people. We just hoping soon we get back home.”


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