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Classes Resume In Middletown After Destructive Valley Fire

  

In Lake County Monday morning, students in the Middletown Unified School District are heading back to classes following the Valley Fire -- one of the most destructive wildland fires in California history.

The fire killed four people and destroyed nearly 2,000 structures. Schools were used as evacuation centers during the peak of the fire. The Valley Fire is 97 percent contained. All evacuations were lifted in the affected areas.

Fire evacuees are staying at shelters at Twin Pines Casino in Middletown and at Grace Church in Kelseyville.

Meanwhile, the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties, blamed for two deaths and the destruction of more than 800 homes and other buildings is 95 percent contained.