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The Chariot Fire perimeter, in red, and the evacuation area shown in purple

July 12, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)--Damage assessment teams are combing through the charred remains today of the Al Bahr Shrine Campground area off Sunrise Highway in Mt. Laguna.  CAL FIRE estimates 149 structures were damaged or destroyed when the Chariot Fire suddenly surged forward on Monday.  The fire is now 98% contained, after charring 7,055 acres.

The County encourages any residents who sustained losses in the Chariot Fire to visit for general recovery information. A Chariot Fire resources link is available here.

An important tip for residents returning to fire-damaged properties is to contact your insurance carrier before beginning clean-up efforts and consider using a professional contractor to avoid any potential hazards.

People should take precautions when returning to a fire-damaged home. Toxic ash, hot spots and downed electrical posts and wires are only some of the hazards.

Residents can learn what to do after a wildfire, how to get property tax relief and request a property damage reassessment, how to obtain various permits for fire-damaged properties, how to get debris assistance and how to avoid post-disaster rip-offs.

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