MIDDLETOWN (KRON) — Residents of Middletown were forced to evacuate from their homes over the weekend when the fast-moving wildfire began to torch thousands of acres.
Evacuees waking up in shelters are beginning to get anxious to get back into their neighborhood, as many are unsure if their homes are still standing.
KRON4’s Will Tran spent Wednesday morning assessing the damage and talking with David Shew of Cal Fire about what needs to be done before residents can return.
“First of all, there are still hot spots in the area that we need to put out,” Shew said.
Shew also told Tran that they have been seeing power poles and trees falling without any notice.
“I hope people can understand the magnitude of destruction that this fire caused,” Shew said. “The entire infrastructure for the town has to be rebuilt.”
Tran reports that the conditions of Middletown are grim with visible smoke still coming from hot spots and a heavy plastic smell in the air making it difficult to breathe.
Shew could not provide an estimation of when the town will be open but says that they are doing everything in their power to try to get people back to their homes as soon as possible.
Middletown is one of three communities that were destroyed by the deadly Valley Fire.