The count of structures destroyed and damaged by the 505-acre fire that ravaged Alpine more than doubled on Sunday, as remaining residents were allowed to return home — if they had homes to go to.
So far, 34 homes, one business and 21 accessory buildings such as barns and sheds have been destroyed. An additional 15 homes and five accessory buildings were damaged.
“No one gets used to seeing the devastation and knowing people are returning to nothing,” said Capt. Kendal Bortisser of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “This was one of those times that firefighters just couldn’t get in there and defend every home, and it hurts.”
San Diego County officials made it clear the numbers were preliminary and could change as damage assessment teams continue their work in the field and with residents.
The fire was mostly surrounded by Sunday afternoon, reaching 92% containment as about 75 firefighters continued to mop up hot spots.