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Based on “Rural Stories”.

Middletown slowly rebuilding after massive wildfire

It has been nearly a year since a massive wildfire burned through Middletown in Lake County, California, enough time it would seem for some rebuilding and renewal. But the breadth of the devastation in this rugged area, says John Hamner, Callayomi County Water District (CCWD) general manager, has left seemingly irreversible scars.

After the fire, a slow reimagining and rebuilding

The road that weaves its way to John Hamner’s Middletown office is little more than a functional strip of asphalt these days. But for a visitor driving along it to see Hamner, the burnt landscape bordering the road is a relentless reminder of the devastating fires that swarmed the area in September.

Who are these women?

In the past three decades the number of women-operated farms has increased substantially in the nation. Between 1978 and 2007, when the last agriculture census was completed, the number of women-operated farms in the U.S. grew from 306,200 to nearly a million. Who are these women? RCAC staff writer and Stanford fellow, Elizabeth Zach, traveled the rural West to find out.