Records detail dramatic response to Valley Fire

Sep 24, 2015 8:15 PM by News Staff

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) - A daughter was worried about her elderly parents trying to flee a massive California wildfire on horseback. A couple needing help evacuating waited for deputies in a creek near their home. A woman fretted that her mother with Alzheimer's wouldn't know to leave.

Those were just a few of the overwhelming number of calls the tiny Lake County Sheriff's Department received during a fast-moving wildfire about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

Dispatch logs released Thursday showed the small department was strained to its limits by the massive fire that swept across the mountainous county.

The fire burned 1,320 homes, making it one of the most destructive California blazes in memory.

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