10/03/2012 08:20 AM PDT

Shockey Fire Damage Assessment, Recovery Resources

Oct. 3, 2012 

Shockey Fire survivors can still get guidance by going online to the County?s recovery web site, www.sdcountyrecovery.com.

Over the weekend, the County closed its Local Assistance Center at the Jacumba Library after helping 25 residents with basic needs, debris cleanup tips or service, rebuilding, vital records, information on property tax relief, insurance claims and public assistance. About two dozen governmental and nonprofit organizations were available at the Jacumba Library through Saturday.

For those who were unable to go to the assistance center, or may have additional questions as their recovery process continues, the County has resources and guidance materials online at sdcountyrecovery.com. The information includes a guide on what to do after a wildfire, permit processing for fire-damaged properties, and information on how to avoid scams.

Shockey Fire residents who have had their homes damaged by the fire can also learn how to get property tax relief by having their property reassessed to reflect a lower value.

Safe fire debris cleanup tips are also listed to help residents avoid potential health problems from improper handling or disposal.

It is important for property owners to know that ash and debris may contain toxic substances due to the many synthetic materials in a home, including asbestos and lead in some older homes.

Only three landfill sites accept ash for disposal and residents have to call for an appointment. Disposal sites and contact information are available on the web site.

Residents should not pay someone to haul away their burned out vehicle. The County does it for free and additional information can be found on the recovery web site.

The Shockey Fire began in an area that is used for target shooting, but fire investigators are still looking into whether a bullet was indeed the cause, said CAL FIRE Capt. Mike Mohler Tuesday. The 2,556-acre fire destroyed 15 homes, 18 outbuildings, 11 cars and damaged two homes, according to the County Planning and Development Services (PDS). An elderly man also perished in the fire after he ignored evacuation orders.