Government

Board Waives Permit Fees for Border Fire Rebuilders

The Border Fire burned west of Campo.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to help those who lost homes or buildings in the Border fire by waiving fees for building permits and plan-check reviews, and to help clear fire debris.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob, whose district includes the Potrero and Campo communities where the Border fire started just before noon 10 days ago on June 19, said Tuesday that the latest figures reported the fire destroyed five homes and 11 “outbuildings.”

“It’s an absolute tragedy for anyone who has lost everything,” Jacob said.

The Board of Supervisors waived re-building fees for fire survivors in previous fires, including the 2003, 2007 and 2014 firestorms. The Board’s Tuesday action would also distribute trash bins to people in the fire areas to help them clear debris.

CAL FIRE reported Tuesday that the Border fire, which grew to 7,609 acres, was 92 percent contained.

Jacob said Tuesday that hundreds of homes were spared by the quick, coordinated, overall response to the fire, which included CAL FIRE, the San Diego County Fire Authority, mutual aid companies and air and ground attacks. Jacob said the overall response to the fire included coordinated efforts from numerous agencies, including the County’s departments of emergency services, animal services, public works and environmental health; 211 San Diego; the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties; CalTrans; and the California Highway Patrol.

Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact