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Smoldering vehicle following a wildfire.

Local Emergency Ends for West Fire

| 12:42 PM

The County of San Diego proclaimed a local emergency on July 6 for the West Fire in Alpine. The proclamation allows the County to request all federal and state assistance available to help fight the fire and rebuild. Current conditions no longer warrant a local emergency and therefore the Local Emergency for the West Fire has expired, effective midnight September 6.

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County Partners with Lyft to Drive Disaster Preparedness

| 10:33 AM

San Diego County is vulnerable to many types of emergencies: fires, floods, and earthquakes just to name a few. These disasters can strike at any time, and we should all be prepared to keep ourselves, and our loved ones, safe. But a 2017 survey conducted by the County found only half of San Diego County residents are prepared to evacuate their homes within 15 minutes. Only 38 percent have an emergency plan.

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Vehicles Remain a Top Cause of Local Wildfires

| 1:35 PM

Wildfires are the biggest disaster risk San Diegans regularly face, and most are caused by people in some way. In fact, vehicle-related fires are in the top two causes of wildfires in the County.

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Smoldering vehicle following a wildfire.

Board Waives Rebuilding, Records Fees After July 2018 Wildfires Destruction

| 3:32 PM

Residents who lost their homes in the July 2018 Wildfires will not need to pay for rebuilding permits or for vital records replacement, after the County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to waive those fees.