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West Fire Survivor Event to Commemorate 8 Months of Recovery – March 16, 2019

***Please note that this event is for Survivors ONLY*** Attention All West Fire Survivor Families! Please join us for a catered luncheon to commemorate 8 months of recovery on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 1pm to 4pm at the Alpine Library (1752 Alpine Blvd, Alpine, CA 91901) Sponsored By the San Diego Regional Disaster Fund. For more info and to RSVP please contact Dawn Hubert at 619-322-5797 or Email HERE

WEST FIRE Survivors Support Meeting at the Alpine Library – February 6, 2019

Attention West Fire Survivors!

You are invited to a support meeting at the Alpine Library (1752 Alpine blvd.) on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Hosted by the Fired Up Sisters of Southern California.

We are a Women’s support group comprised of Women who all have lost our homes in wildfires. We want to help each other navigate through the emotional rebuilding of our lives. ALL WEST FIRE SURVIVORS ARE INVITED.

Learn more about is at


Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors WAIVES FEES for West Fire Victims

ALPINE –October 26, 2018 – 

The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) Board of Directors approved waiving plan check fees and permits for all victims of the West Fire.  At the October 16, 2018 meeting of the AFPD Board of Directors a resolution was passed with all Directors voting for approval.  The resolution allows all victims rebuilding destroyed or damaged structures to do so without having to pay plan check fees and permits.

“The Board of Directors wanted to help those effected by the West Fire” said Alpine Fire Chief Bill Paskle.  “The Board realizes that the right thing to do is help where we can.  These victims of the fire are our neighbors and friends and the Board wanted to ensure the rebuilding would be as painless and smooth as we can make it.”

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on July 25, 2018 to waive all county imposed fees for victims of the West Fire.

The West Fire started on July 6, 2018 near the East bound off ramp of the West Willows exit. A total of 504 acres burned in the fire.  A total of 38 residences were destroyed and another 13 damaged.  11 other minor buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Bill F. Paskle, Fire Chief
Alpine Fire Protection District
1364 Tavern Road
Alpine, CA 91901



Live in Alpine? Get a Generator! (Article From the San Diego Reader)

SDG&E sent out a letter announcing weekly power outages for the months of August and September in the Carveacre neighborhood in Alpine. Over 100 customers will be affected up to nine hours a day, one day a week. People in the affected area say the project is good, but the timing is not right, especially when there are homes without electricity after the Alpine fire in July.

View of Carveacre from Gaskill Peak

Alpine resident Bill Smith said SDG&E has been “cutting power off at least once a month for the past three or so months. Not everyone can afford a generator and people who have solar panels lose the credit for the entire day. We all have wells here and can’t run the water without power.” Smith has 19-month-old twins and said it’s difficult to keep them in the house during 100-degree temperatures “even with the windows open.”

Allison Torres with SDG&E said the company is replacing wooden poles with steel poles while upgrading and strengthening the power lines in an effort “to make them fire and wind resistant.” Answering the concern about the timing, Torres said SDG&E takes the weather conditions in consideration and “we are actively monitoring all outages even after we schedule them.”

Carveacre resident Linda Ascione Niman said, “The absolute worst power outages are when SDG&E deliberately turns off our power during dangerous Santa Ana conditions. This is very frightening because we feel totally defenseless. They are only protecting themselves from being liable if their wire start a fire.”

Local resident Jerry Peel believes that preparation is mandatory for such circumstances. “Living in the back country, you need to be prepared for anything if power is a concern. It’s simple, people need to learn how to take care of themselves and not be dependent on the grid. Buy a generator.”

The planned outages are part of the Cleveland National Forest Fire Risk Mitigation Initiative which has been in work for the past 10 years. The Cleveland National Forest plan aims to replace “approximately 2,100 existing wood poles with fire-resistant, weatherized steel poles that closely resemble wood.”

Due to extreme temperature, SDG&E cancelled one scheduled day of power outage so far for the month of August.

Read original story here


SDG&E Engages Giant Aircrane Year-Round for ‘New Normal’ Fire Season

SDG&E’s Caroline Winn announces plans for year-round use of the giant Erickson Aircrane. Photo by Chris Jennewein

*Article shared from The Times of San Diego

With San Diego now experiencing a continuous fire season, San Diego Gas & Electric announced Wednesday it has contracted for year-round use of a giant Erickson Aircrane helicopter tanker.

“We are working hard to mitigate the risks associated with this ‘new normal’ of a year-round wildfire season and trying to protect the people and communities we serve,” said Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s chief operating officer, in making the announcement.

The Aircrane can carry 2,650 gallons of water — seven times the capacity of other fire-fighting helicopters — and refill from a lake in 45 seconds. The giant orange craft is flown by Erickson pilots under the direction of Cal Fire.

The utility has engaged an Aircrane during the traditional three-month fire season for the past eight years, but Winn said San Diego County is now in the “year-round grip” of wildfires.

“The SDG&E Aircrane has been and will continue to be a game-changer for Cal Fire,” said San Diego County Fire Chief Tony Mecham. “To have this critical tool available to us during the early stages of a fire has already had a very real impact on fires this year.”

In addition, to year-round use of the Aircrane, Winn also announced that the utility is taking steps to help customers whose power must be cut during a wildfire emergency. She said the utility is installing equipment to reduce the number of circuits affected, and planning for nine centers where residents can go for information, snacks and to charge cellphones.

The utility is making use of remote cameras and weather equipment to track fires, and on Wednesday unveiled a public web page with this information at

Winn said increasing use of the giant Aircrane already this year has made the craft something of a local attraction. She announced a Twitter handle for people to follow the craft’s activity at @SkyMaverickSDGE.

The giant Erickson Aircrane dwarfs people at its hanger in El Cajon. Photo by Chris Jennewein


Local Emergency Ends for West Fire

Local Emergency Ends for West Fire


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.

Immediately following the West Fire, the County set up a Local Assistance Center at the Alpine Library to provide information and resources for residents who were affected by the fire. These resources included information on rebuilding, dealing with insurance, safe handling of ash and debris, and various other programs and assistance from governmental and nongovernmental partners.

During the recovery process, all 38 of the properties with destroyed structures have initiated or finalized clean-up of the fire debris and ash on their private properties. The County assisted fire survivors in recovery by providing debris bins in the community that resulted in approximately 1,570 cubic yards, or nearly 160 dump trucks, of ash and debris being removed from the impacted areas. There were 114 vehicles burned in the West Fire, for which the County was able to offer a free vehicle abatement for the vehicle owners.

Any residents affected by the West Fire who still need assistance with rebuilding should visit for information and resources.

Alpine West Fire Survivors Fundraiser at Alpine American Legion – September 8, 2018

The Fire Victim Supply Post will be hosting a fundraiser! Please join us in supporting the fire survivors of Alpine on September 8, 2018 from 2pm to 7pm! There will be a live band, car show, lots of food, raffle, and more! 100% of the earnings will go to the families that lost their homes that are uninsured and those that are having insurance problems.

Fire survivors, volunteers on fundraiser day, and Children 12 years and younger are free. All others are $20 a ticket. Tickets available for purchase before event. TICKETS THAT ARE PURCHASED BEFORE EVENT WILL ALSO GET 5 FREE RAFFLE ! Please don’t hesitate to purchase them early!! Vendor booths are available for purchase for $50 a table.

Tickets can be purchased and picked up at 3520 Alpine Boulevard from Stephanie. To set up ticket purchases and pick up text: 619-573-5638. You can also purchase tickets online through Venmo. Under Alpine Supply Post or MargoStephanie. Also you can purchase them here through Eventbrite

Tickets will also be available at the door. The Fundraiser will be held the Alpine American Legion located at 3520 Alpine Boulevard Alpine Ca 91901

C.A.R.e Insurance Information Meeting for West Fire Survivors at the Alpine Library – August 28, 2018

  • Should I sign that?
  • What is a public adjuster?
  • What is underinsurance?
  • What duties do I have to my insurer?
  • What is a scope of loss?
  • How do I make my personal property inventory more manageable?

The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email Visit our website at

Lessons From the West Fire – Presentation By Alpine Fire Marshall Jason Broom – August 30, 2018

Lessons From the West Fire – Presentation By Alpine Fire Marshall Jason Broom on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Alpine Library.  Join Alpine Fire Marshal Jason McBroom to discuss what we can learn from experiencing a major wildfire in our community. We will talk about defensible space and why it is required, and how the fire department uses that space. We will also address the HIZ home ignition zones, and talk about what home owners can do right now to increase their chances of surviving a wildfire. The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email Visit our website at

Disaster Loan Outreach Center for Residents Effected By the WEST FIRE – Open at the Alpine Library August 14 – 23, 2018

Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to California businesses and residents affected by the West Fire. Businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by the fire may apply.  A Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Alpine Library. SBA representatives will be on hand to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual apply online. No appointment is necessary.

Disaster Loan Outreach Center Opens Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m. at the Alpine Library. Mondays – Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
The Disaster Loan Outreach Center will close Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m.
For more information, click here.

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Jessica Northrup – Group Communication Officer
Land Use and Environment Group

619-531-5186  I  619-756-3486 (c)