Senator McGuire & Assemblymember Dodd to Host Important Town Hall Focusing on Lake County Wildfire Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts

June 23 meeting bringing state agency and county leaders together in Middletown

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sacramento, CA – Senator Mike McGuire, Assemblymember Bill Dodd and Lake County officials are partnering to host an informative and comprehensive update from both state and local leaders on the massive recovery and rebuilding process happening in South Lake County in the wake of the Valley Fire.

“After the devastating Valley Fire hit Lake County, an unprecedented disaster response effort was launched by government and non-profit partners focused on providing residents with the resources they need to begin to rebuild their lives,” Senator McGuire said. “As we approach the one year anniversary of this unprecedented disaster, we want to bring all of the responsible agencies back together to provide the community an update on all issues related to the recovery and rebuilding efforts.”

The Town Hall will be held on Thursday, June 23at Middletown High School from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (a free hot dog BBQ will kick off at 5:30 pm).

The Lake County Strong Town Hall: A Community Update on Valley Fire Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts will be an opportunity for all residents to participate in an important conversation and hear updates from Senator McGuire, Assemblymember Bill Dodd, the California Office of Emergency Services, CalRecycle (agency charged with clean-up efforts) and CALFIRE. There will also be reports from the County of Lake, including Board of Supervisors Chairman Rob Brown, Sheriff Brian Martin, The Lake County Planning and Building Dept., Environmental Health and more.

Also providing updates will be representatives from local non-profit organizations to discuss donation distribution since the Valley Fire.

“While we have made incredible progress since the fire, all 1,300 residential lots have been cleared and homes are starting to be rebuilt and the vast majority of commercial properties have been cleaned up, we know there is a ton of work ahead of us. Our June 23 Town Hall will focus on the progress we have made and look ahead to how we must continue to work together to get the job done to make Lake County stronger than ever.”

In total, the deadly Valley Fire scorched 76,000 acres, caused $1.2 billion in damage, destroyed 1,330 homes and nearly 1,900 businesses and agricultural buildings were lost, 20,000 people were evacuated in a matter of hours, and the fire cost four Lake County residents their lives.

Here are the event details:

What: Lake County Strong Town Hall: A Community Update on Valley Fire Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts

When: Thursday, June 23

BBQ: A free hotdog BBQ with all of the fixin’s kicks off at 5:30 pm

Town Hall: The Meeting kicks off at 6:30 pm

Where: Middletown High School, 20932 Big Canyon Road, in Middletown

A detailed Town Hall agenda will be released next week with a full list of speakers.