7/08/2018 12:30 PM PDT

County Completes Preliminary Wildfire Damage Assessment

During a wildfire the County?s disaster recovery efforts begin immediately. One of the first groups to visit impacted areas after a fire is the damage assessment team. They are tasked with documenting any damage to structures so homeowners can start rebuilding.

This past Friday and Saturday, joint field teams of County fire and building inspectors conducted the County?s preliminary assessment of damaged and destroyed structures that resulted from the West Fire in Alpine and shows a total of 34 homes have been destroyed. Additionally, 15 residential structures were damaged and one commercial structure was destroyed. The assessment also shows 21 accessory structures destroyed and five damaged. Accessory structures include such structures as barns, sheds and outbuildings.

The preliminary damage assessment numbers for the Building Fire in Dulzura indicate one home has been destroyed, one accessory structure destroyed, and one accessory structure damaged.

These numbers are preliminary and may change as the County continues to work out in the field and with impacted residents. 

The County has established a Recovery Assistance Hotline and Recovery website for those impacted by the fires. Staff is available to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. The Hotline number is (858) 495-5200. The County is providing individual recovery liaisons to work with those that lost homes to navigate the recovery and rebuilding process.  Anyone who lost a home is encouraged to contact the Hotline to provide current contact information.  Members of the community can also send their questions via email to CountyFireRecovery@sdcounty.ca.gov. Messages left after hours will be returned the next day.

Impacted residents can also visit SDCountyRecovery.com to find information on clean-up, the rebuilding process, community resources and more.

The County will also open a Local Assistance Center (LAC) on Monday, July 9 at the Alpine Branch Library located at 1752 Alpine Blvd.  The LAC will have representatives from the County and a variety of organizations available to help impacted residents in the unincorporated region begin the rebuilding and recovery process. The LAC will operate from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., until further notice.