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Victims of wildfires getting relief

October 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Victims of the recent Southern California wildfires are getting relief from various agencies.About 2,000 people were displaced last week as a result of the Sesnon Fire near Porter Ranch and the Marek Fire near Lake View Terrace.

More wild winds are expected over the next couple of days. So there are fears that another fire storm may erupt.

On Tuesday, victims of those fires were focused on getting some help.

A local assistance center has been set up in Dexter County Park. The center brings together state and county agencies, as well as several nonprofit groups, to help fire victims.

Last week's fires blackened nearly 15,000 acres. The Marek Fire destroyed an entire mobile home park, destroying 41 homes; eight were damaged.

Several miles away, the Sesnon Fire took out 15 homes and damaged another 10. Victims certainly have a lot of rebuilding to do after those fires.

At the assistance center victims can find help for everything from getting a new driver's license to birth certificates, to getting some new clothes.

"Approximately 35 families have come through the center. Some of the mood was upbeat. They were very thankful that we were here, they were very thankful we were offering assistance to them at a one-stop-shop. So, they really appreciate the assistance," said Yvette Countee, Los Angeles County Emergency Management.

The center at 11053 North Trail will be open until 8 p.m. through Sunday.

Meanwhile, L.A. County supervisors are working on changes to the fire code to require brush clearance around power poles and transmission lines.

The change was prompted in part by last week's Sesnon Fire. A downed power line has been blamed for starting that fire.


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