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Recovery Continues One Year After Alpine Fire

Flames from the West Fire burn a house near Alpine, CA, July 6, 2018.
Matt Hoffman
Flames from the West Fire burn a house near Alpine, CA, July 6, 2018.
Saturday will be one year since the West Fire in Alpine destroyed 39 homes.

Saturday marks one year since the West Fire destroyed 39 homes in Alpine.

Some of those homeowners are still struggling through the long process of recovery.

Twenty-two of the 39 homeowners who lost their homes in the fire have either completed construction or are in the process.


One of those homeowners is Tiffany Devlin who said it feels like the fire just happened. She started to cry when describing what it's like to be in her new home one year later.

"We're lucky to already be moved back in to rebuild and that's a pretty incredible accomplishment that we're really proud of. So we will be spending our year anniversary in our new home. But it's hard because you miss the old home and it's a totally different life now. And something that we're stronger for," Devlin said.

Vince Nicoletti, deputy director of planning and development services for San Diego County, was the assistant recovery manager for the West Fire. He joins Midday Edition on Friday to discuss the recovery process.

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