Valley Fire victims upset they can't check on their homes

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Valley Fire evacuees are getting anxious each day and now some are learning they may not be able to see their homes anytime soon after an escort program was suspended due to compromised manpower. (KGO-TV )

Evacuees from the Valley Fire are getting more anxious each day and now some are learning they may not be able to see their homes anytime soon.

The fatal fire, which started Saturday afternoon, grew more overnight, burning nearly 74,000 acres. It's now 35-percent contained. Officials say 585 homes have been lost and nearly 8,000 structures are still threatened. The fire has claimed at least three lives.

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The escort program was largely popular because it was a chance for many to not only check up on their pets, but to see if their house is still standing. Thet program has been suspended.

"I'm very lucky. We didn't know anything about our house until we saw it," said Lupita Perez, a Middletown resident.

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Perez was among the last group escorted by officials to her property Wednesday afternoon.

A sheriff spokesperson says they need the extra manpower at the burn site and evacuation centers. The reality is hard to comprehend for those who are still waiting for answers.

"I'm scared they won't be there just not going to there able to go back," said Krystal Huggins of Middletown.

Others like Christine Bartholomew never had a chance to get on the waiting list for the escort program .

"I spoke to sheriff yesterday they took people to Middletown yesterday, but to not Cobb," Bartholomew said. "Because Cobb closed due to active fires."

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Bartholomew's house was a refuge for unwanted animals. She had no choice but to leave 20 cats behind as she barely escaped the fast moving fire. She was only able to grab her dog and a handful of kittens.

Still, she's thankful volunteers have provided everything her animals need to feel at home

"It's remarkable what they're doing for us," she said.

Cal Fire will have a community meeting Thursday night at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga to brief evacuees on the fire.

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