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Stories for October 25, 2007

Assessing the Damage House by House

Oct. 25
By Tamara Keith and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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One thousand forty-two. That's the latest tally of homes destroyed by the 2007 firestorm. That number isn't just a guess. It's the result of the tireless work of damage assessment teams. Men and women who venture into the burn zones not long after the fire passes through, to gather the grim data of destruction. Reporter Tamara Keith rode along with a damage assessment team today and has this story.

Suspected Looters and One Allegedly Fake Firefighter Arrested

Oct. 25
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Three people were arrested on suspicion of looting and one for allegedly impersonating a firefighter in connection with this week's wildfires, the Sheriff's Department announced today.

Architects Working with County Officials on Simplifying Rebuilding Process

Oct. 25
By City News Service and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The American Institute of Architects in San Diego is working with city and county officials to simplify the process of rebuilding communities devastated by the region's wildfires, officials said today.

Wildfire Death Toll May Rise Further with 4 Charred Bodies Found in Apparent Migrant Camp

Oct. 25
By Elliott Spagat and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Four charred bodies were found Thursday in an apparent migrant camp burned by one of the wildfires raging across Southern California, authorities said Thursday.

Firefighters Face Erratic Changing Winds in Harris Fire

Oct. 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Wildfires continue to burn out of control in rural parts of San Diego County. The Harris fire in the southeast part of the county has officials worried about injuries. Firefighters are facing erratic winds while attempting to gain control of the Harris fire.

Arrest of Six Illegal Immigrants at Qualcomm Raises Concerns

Oct. 25
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The arrest of six illegal immigrants at the Qualcomm Stadium evacuation site yesterday raises questions regarding how San Diego Police handle immigration issues. Civil rights activists are concerned police may be violating their own policy with respect to the Border Patrol. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Military Air Power Assists in Firefighting Efforts

Oct. 25
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The military in San Diego is helping fight the fire from the air today. Alison St John has more on why air resources were not deployed earlier to help douse the flames.

Calmer Winds, Cooler Temps Helping to Aid Firefighting Efforts

Oct. 25
By KPBS News and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Firefighters battling blazes throughout San Diego County are getting a break from the weather this afternoon. Calmer winds and cooler temperatures are helping, but there's still a long way to go.

Mental Health Concerns Raised for Fire Victims

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Breathing problems and burns aren't the only health effects from this week's wildfires. Doctors say people with anxiety-related symptoms and other mental health issues are starting to show up in local emergency rooms. KPBS reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

President Bush Visits Fire-Ravaged Areas, Pledges More Aid

Oct. 25
By Rob Schmitz and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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President Bush pledged additional federal aid today during his visit to fire-ravaged neighborhoods around San Diego. KQED's Rob Schmitz watched the president speak with evacuees at Qualcomm Stadium, and files this report.

Evacuated Horse Owners Take Shelter on Fiesta Island

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

More than 200 horses along with their owners were camping out on San Diego's man-made Fiesta Island this week because of the wildfires. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

San Diego Wildfire Update

Oct. 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

From politicians to law enforcement personnel, we speak with people and agencies affected by October 2007 wildfires in San Diego.

Hopes and Fears in Ghost Town Julian

Oct. 25
By Rob Schmitz and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Julian, population 2000, is no stranger to fire. Charles Scott, who owns the town bakery, recites a list of blazes that have destroyed parts of the town.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Visits Steele Canyon Shelter

Oct. 25
By Nicole Lozare and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger returned to San Diego last night. The governor visited Steele Canyon shelter and KPBS reporter Nicole Lozare was there.

Kids Share Their Experiences of Living at Qualcomm

Oct. 25
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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For the past week we've heard from many adults who are coping with life at Qualcomm Stadium. Now we hear from some the kids there. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis spoke with a few of them and has this report.

California Farmers Suffer Losses from Fires

Oct. 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There's a long list of Southern California crops and commodities potentially affected by wildfires and windstorms. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

S.D. Fires Take Toll on Migrant Workers

Oct. 25
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The vulnerable in San Diego have become more so as wildfires rage across the county. From the elderly to the poor to tens of thousands of immigrants both legal and undocumented. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has the story.