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Assessing the Damage House By House

One thousand forty-two. That’s the latest tally of homes destroyed by the 2007 firestorm. That number isn’t just a guess. It’s the result of the tireless work of damage assessment teams. Reporter Tamara Keith rode along with a damage assessment team today and has this story.
(Photo: Burned house in Poway is tagged by team of assessors. Tamara Keith/KQED)

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The Witch Fire is 197,990 acres and 90% contained. Full containment is expected on October 30th and full control on November 3rd.   There are 2,807 firefighters assigned. Cost to date $11.3 million.  There have been 38 injuries to firefighters, 2 civilian fatalities.  1,040 homes, and 414 outbuildings destroyed. 70 homes, 25 outbuildings damaged.  Destroyed vehicle figure note: Vehicles destroyed include cars, boats, travel trailers, and tractors. Total for this category is 852, with 8 vehicles being damaged.
 
The Rice Fire is 9,000 acres and 100% contained. Full containment was obtained on October 28th at 7 am., and full control on November 5th.   There are 850 firefighters assigned. Cost to date $4.9 million.  There have been 5 injuries to firefighters.
 
The Poomacha Fire is 49,150 acres and 50% contained. Full containment October 31st .   There are 2,123 firefighters assigned. There have been 18 injuries to firefighters. Cost to date $5.2 million. Continue to implement strategies to minimize the impacts to the Agua Tibia Wilderness. Indirect and direct line construction in the Wilderness area will be the emphasis today.

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