Twin Pine Casino offers fire refuge

Middletown’s Twin Pine Casino gave shelter from Aug. 14 to 23 to people displaced by the nearby Clayton Fire which burned 4,000 acres near Lower Lake in Lake County.

The casino cancelled the biggest concert scheduled for its summer, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, in order to make their event center a Red Cross shelter.

It is the second time Twin Pine has provided relief to their neighbors. They did so in 2015 when the Valley Fire claimed over 75,000 acres, at one point coming as close as 200 yards to the casino.

The San Francisco Chronicle quoted casino marketing director Kyle Lewis as saying, “When things like this happen, it hits close to home. It’s really important for the community to know they’re our priority. We wanted to make sure that people who needed a place to stay could stay here.”