Northern California schools reopen after deadly wildfire

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MIDDLETOWN, California — Students in the Middletown Unified School District are heading back to classes following one of the most destructive wildland fires in California history.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ( ) Sunday that students are heading back Monday, more than two weeks after the fire devastated the Lake County community. The fire killed four people and destroyed more than 1,950 structures.

Schools were used as evacuation centers during the peak of the fire.

The fire was 97 percent contained Monday. All evacuations were lifted in the affected areas.

The blaze started Sept. 12, and charred 118 square miles. The cause remains under investigation.

The fire was the third-most-destructive ever in California history and burned amid a historically deadly and costly wildfire season, the newspaper reported.

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

Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,

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