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San Diego County Releases Wildfire Cost Estimates

Carlsbad resident Gregory Saksa inspects the remains of his home, destroyed b...

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Above: Carlsbad resident Gregory Saksa inspects the remains of his home, destroyed by the Poinsettia fire on Wednesday.

The rash of fires that broke out last week cost San Diego nearly $28 million, according to county estimates released today. That figure accounts for fire response and recovery. In addition, individual property owners lost $29.8 million.

Those numbers have been submitted to the state of California for disaster reimbursement. Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said in a statement, "I am hopeful the governor will give this request careful consideration and approve the financial assistance to help cover the cost of these major wildfires."

Fighting the Poinsettia fire in Carlsbad proved the most costly, demanding $12.5 million for emergency services and firefighters. It also destroyed or damaged about $12 million in private property.


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