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October 26, 2003
Update12:35 p.m.

Grand Prix Fire Update

Claremont, CA Mandatory evacuations remain in effect in a number of neighborhoods in and around northern Claremont. Evacuated areas in Claremont include the Palmer Canyon, Claraboya, Padua Hills/Via Padova, and Sycamore Canyon areas, as well as Webb School. The Wilderness Park also remains closed.

No estimate has been given as to when residents will be allowed to return.

City officials have completed a preliminary survey of damaged homes. Approximately 50 homes have been damaged in the Palmer Canyon, Via Padova, and Claraboya/Highpoint neighborhoods. Residents seeking specific information regarding the status of their property can call (909) 399-5381 for information. A more detailed assessment will be completed later today.

A recent survey of the City's historic Padua Hills Theater shows that earlier reports of significant damage were overstated. While the building did sustain some damage, it appears to be relatively minor at this point.

Sightseers are a significant concern so the public is asked to remain completely out of the area to keep streets open for firefighting equipment and evacuees. 

The primary direction of the fire is westerly away from Claremont. While the threat to Claremont has been significantly reduced, all residents north of Base Line Road should remain alert to changing conditions and be prepared for potential evacuations through the rest of today and into the evening.

Several shelters have been operating locally overnight, though all evacuees are being transferred to the Claremont High School gym in the 1700 block of Indian Hill Boulevard. Any new evacuees are asked to go to the high school. Information about shelter operations can be directed to (909) 399-5490. Counselors from Tri-City Mental Health Agency are available on site to provide support to persons displaced from their homes.

Donations of food and supplies are NOT needed at this time. Adequate food, water, and supplies are currently available for persons being sheltered and fire crews.

All residents along the foothills are being encouraged to remain indoors with their windows closed as smoke is heavy in the area. 

Officials from the Claremont Unified School District are continuing to evaluate the situation and will decide later today which, if any, schools will be closed on Monday. City child care programs will be open tomorrow but all other recreation classes and meetings at the Hughes Community Center have been cancelled.

City trash collection will take place as scheduled on Monday.

This website will be updated as the situation changes.

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