Shockey Fire victims offered state, local assistance

Fire burned nearly 3,000 acres; 1 person killed

SAN DIEGO -  

More than a dozen agencies from the state and county levels, as well as community nonprofit groups, have set up tents and chairs in the parking lot of the San Diego County Library in Jacumba to assist residents impacted by the massive Shockey Fire. 
 
"This is the one-stop shop for anybody that might have been affected by the Shockey Fire," said Jennifer Bransford-Koons with the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency.
 
Most of the families who stopped by Wednesday morning were ready to start the process of rebuilding their lives.
 
"It's hard when you have suffered a tragedy that you have to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and then go to a place like the Red Cross to get food," added Bransford-Koons. "It's nice to have it all in one spot."
 
The Shockey Fire began Sunday afternoon near the Campo Indian Reservation. During the past four days, the fire scorched about 3,000 acres and destroyed nearly a dozen homes and14 outbuildings in the community of Tierra del Sol.  One elderly homeowner was killed.
 
At its peak, more than 1,400 firefighters battled the fire, but Wednesday, some crews were being released to their home stations.
 
The fire was fully contained Thursday.
 
Cal Fire officials said all evacuated homeowners have been allowed to return to their property.
 
Those who lost their homes or vital documents can start at the temporary assistance center.
 
"Some people need to start completely over, they've lost everything," added Bransford-Koons. "Other people may need assistance with things like dumpsters to help clear debris in their homes."
 
She added that the local assistance center will be set up at the Jacumba library from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Saturday.
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