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Bad, bad night in Middletown (video)

anderson-springs-grab1.jpgThe so-called Valley fire that started in Lake County roared down on the rural town of Middletown on Saturday night, burning so many homes that even late Sunday fire officials could only guess at how many were destroyed. Middletown is a nice little place halfway between the Clear Lake area and the Napa Valley wine country town of Calistoga. Among the familiar spots destroyed was Harbin Hot Springs, a Northern California landmark of New Age and hippie culture for decades.

The scary video above from Saturday night shows a driver trying to escape the Anderson Springs area, absolutely surrounded by wildfire and burning homes.


Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency on Sunday for the areas hit by the Valley fire. It has burned more than 50,000 acres and the nearby Butte fire has burned more than 65,000 acres.


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