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Burned home with man surveying damage.

Valley Fire Survivors May Apply for Federal Aid to Help With Losses

| 3:04 PM

Homeowners or renters affected by the Valley Fire in September can now apply for a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant through Dec. 15. The grants are designed to help with serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance such as rent, home repair or replacement, medical or dental costs, transportation or other personal property losses.

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County Opens Local Assistance Center for Valley Fire

| 12:30 PM

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and officials announced the County is opening a Local Assistance Center to help residents affected by the  Valley Fire, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the County Library’s Rancho San Diego branch in El Cajon.

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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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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.

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Credit: San Diego County Sheriff's Department

County Releases Lilac Fire Response Report

| 10:11 AM

Preparedness, regional collaboration, and fire and emergency management resources, coupled with a lucky break in the weather, were credited in a County After Action Report for stopping the December 2017 Lilac Fire’s fast-moving destructive path within 12 hours. The report released Friday also credits heroic actions of first responders for saving lives in dangerous conditions.