My partner has family in Lake County, California, specifically Middletown, scene of this week’s devastating fire. She also has more family in Clearlake, and the family’s roots go back to being early settlers in Capay, followed by a move to Middletown.
The national media was woefully unaware and/or unresponsive for the first 12 hours of this ever-changing disaster, but thanks to Pulitzer Prize-level work by Gedi Schwartz (@Gedinbcla) and a few others, Twitter and Periscope was alive with updates and information. As with most things, one just had to know where to look.
The following story by Corey Preston on Medium gives as good a run-up to the actual fire as I’ve read anywhere–reads like a novel: starts slowly, almost casually, but ends like a punch to the stomach with the now viral video of one man trying to drive through fire to make it out alive.
Corey’s personal Medium site is here.