Three year anniversary of devastating 2007 wildfires

It is the three year anniversary since the 2007 wildfires devastated North County neighborhoods. Home after home were lost but most have been rebuilt.

If you are going to be able to recover from a wildfire that has destroyed your home and all of your lifetime possessions, it seems you have to do it with a sense of humor.
Rancho Bernardo resident, Jorge Garza showed he is grateful to be able to rebuild his home and life with a sense of humor when he remarks with a laugh, “I have a new home with all the bells and whistles.”

Garza is an architect and his Rancho Bernardo home, built on the same lot as his old house, the one destroyed by the Witchcreek Fire, reflects his design expertise.

In all, more than 1,700 homes were destroyed in the three wildfires that burned much of the county in 2007. Three years later in Rancho Bernardo, 330 homes have been rebuilt.

Garza is thankful he had enough insurance to rebuild without serious difficulty. He says, “It certainly hasn't been easy, sometimes I reach for certain things that I don't have any more.”
But overall he says, the whole experience of the fire and the recovery, has left him with a sense of optimism.

Looking around the effected areas in North County, we are reminded that if it could happen in 2003 and 2007, it can happen again in the future, but luckily city officials say we are much more prepared now in 2010.

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