A workshop is planned Thursday for victims of the Silver and Mountain fires at Beaumont Civic Center, according to officials with the Riverside County Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services.
The blazes in August and July combined to destroy 71 structures including 33 homes, scorched more than 70 square miles of mountain watersheds, and cost firefighting and other agencies more than $35 million, according to Cal Fire and the Forest Service.
Here's info from the county announcement:
community workshop for people who suffered losses to homes or personal
property in the recent Silver and Mountain fires will be held Thursday Aug. 29 at Beaumont Civic Center.
The meeting, scheduled in cooperation
with Supervisors Jeff Stone and Marion Ashley, follows the Board of
Supervisors decision last week to help fire victims by waiving
many county permit and development fees, as well as landfill fees for
cleanup of affected properties.
The Board also agreed to fast-track
county approvals for those who are rebuilding.
Members of the public who
suffered losses in the fires are urged to attend the meeting,
scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Beaumont Civic Center, 550 E. Sixth St.
County officials will be on hand to provide information about possible
assistance and to answer residents' and property owners' questions.
Mountain Fire started July 15 on private property near Highway 243 and
Highway 74 in Mountain Center. It burned 27,531 acres and destroyed
seven homes and 12 other structures. The Silver Fire started Aug. 7 and
burned more than 20,292 acres before it was contained. The blaze
destroyed 26 homes and damaged more than 25 other structures.
that the Board of Supervisors received last Tuesday Aug. 20 noted that
some property owners devastated by the fires might lack insurance, or
have insufficient coverage, to afford the county permits needed to
For more info about the meeting, call the Riverside County Fire
Department, Office of Emergency Services at (951) 955-4700.