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San Diego County Recovery

San Diego County Recovery works to maximize disaster assistance to eligible public and private entities and residents through various state and federal disaster assistance programs.

Following an emergency or disaster, additional information and resources will be available throughout this website.

Recovery Assistance Hotline and Email

Unincorporated County residents affected by the wildfires may call the

Recovery Assistance Hotline (858) 495-5200

or email Both will be staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Messages and emails received after hours or on the weekends will be returned next business day.

July 2018 Fire Recovery Resources

Disaster Loan Outreach Center

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.

Alpine Library

Hours of Operation:
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.

Local Assistance Center

The County established a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to help impacted residents in the unincorporated region begin the rebuilding and recovery process. Many of those impacted have visited the LAC and received assistance and are communicating with the County and other organizations involved in the recovery process. The last day of operation at the LAC will be Saturday, July 14 at 4 p.m. Following the closure, packets of information will continue to be available at the Alpine Library and impacted residents are encouraged to call the recovery hotline at 858-495-5200 with any questions they may have. Recovery information and resources are also available on the recovery website.


Alpine Branch Library
1752 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA 91901

Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 13 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14

Debris Removal

To help with the recovery process, the County of San Diego has placed debris disposal bins at locations near the burn area for fire survivors to dispose of debris from their properties. The community bin has been placed at the following location, and is ready to accept debris when fire survivors are ready:

The community bin will be available through Friday, September 7, 2018 and will be closed thereafter.

The County has been working to help connect the nonprofit volunteer groups with fire survivors who may be in need of their assistance. The nonprofit groups have experienced, trained staff who possess the necessary tools and resources to perform debris removal, which they have utilized successfully on prior fire recovery events in the San Diego region. The available nonprofit groups are initiating contact with fire survivors to determine their debris removal needs and offer assistance.

Erosion Control

To help residents living in or around the burn area, the County has opened the Erosion Control Center to advise people on how to protect their homes and provide sand, sandbags and fiber rolls for free to help stabilize burned properties before rains arrive. Protect your property now from flooding.

The Erosion Control Center is by appointment only. Call (888) 846-0800 for more information.

Volunteer Resources

Survivors with remaining unmet needs are encouraged to contact San Diego Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters to learn more about additional recovery information and services from local faith based, services based, and community based organizations.

Damage Assessment

Joint field teams of County fire and building inspectors conducted a damage assessment of damaged and destroyed structures that resulted from the West and Building fires. Below are the numbers updated July 20, 2018.

Alpine West Fire

  • 38 residential structures destroyed
  • 16 residential structures damaged
  • 29 accessory structures destroyed*
  • 2 accessory structures damaged

Dulzura Building Fire

  • 1 residential structure destroyed
  • 1 accessory structure destroyed
  • 1 accessory structure damaged

* Accessory structures are such structures as barns, out buildings, or sheds.

Donation Information

The best way to help those impacted by the West and Building fires is a financial donation to a trusted local organization that can help meet the needs of survivors when they need it. Donations of  goods such as clothing and household items can sometimes be difficult to distribute as someone who just lost their home may not have a place to keep donated items. Learn more about donations after a disaster.

December 2017 Fire Recovery Resources

The Red Guide to Recovery

Logo for the Red GuideThe Red Guide to Recovery: A Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors is a comprehensive, easy-to-read post incidentrecovery tool that walks disaster survivors step-by-step through the recovery process.  Disaster survivors are often overwhelmed by stress and uncertainty after a loss caused by a natural or manmade disaster, and the handbook addresses such stress and uncertainty by providing the information and tools survivors need to cope with a disaster.   Learn more

View the Condensed Red Guide to Recovery for San Diego County