Some evacuation orders to be lifted in Valley Fire

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. -- The Valley Fire has now scorched 73,700 acres and is 40 percent contained. The number of homes lost totals 585 and nearly 8,000 structures are still threatened. The fatality count stands at three, but could rise.

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People in the communities hit hardest by the fire may be able to return home as early as Saturday. Evacuation orders for Middletown, parts of Hidden Valley and the north side of Cobb will be lifted tomorrow. Residents of Berryessa Estates in Napa County were allowed to go home yesterday.

Part of the growing frustration is the lack of information about what properties burned and which ones did not. Beginning today, there will be a daily briefing at 1 p.m. at the Lake County Emergency Operations Center; however that is miles from the Napa County Fairgrounds so it might not be feasible for some evacuees to attend.

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In an effort to help all the families affected, California's insurance commissioner will visit the burn area, and the Kelseyville High School evacuation center. There he is expected to brief local officials on insurance issues families will face as they try to return and rebuild.

PG&E says it has more than 400 utility poles to replace and miles of wire to restring. More than 6,650 customers remain without electricity.

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