What was once a family’s living room, kitchen, or garage is now gone for some in the eastern part of San Diego County. Firefighters are surveying the damage left behind by the Valley Fire.
“Someone’s entire life right here got wiped out by fire,” said David Sibbet, a deputy fire marshal with the San Diego County Fire Authority. “This property I’m looking at is completely cleared 200 feet all around it in every direction.”
Officials do the survey on behalf of property owners for insurance purposes so that they can start to rebuild their lives.
“We first have to figure out the property we’re on with the correct address and then identify the building we’re looking at,” said Sibbet. “If they’ve been evacuated they may or may not know the status of their house, so it’s very important to give them accurate information.”
CAL FIRE says The Valley Fire has taken 30 homes and 42 other structures, leaving 3 firefighters injured.
As of Thursday morning, the blaze was at 17,665 acres with 90 percent containment.