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November 1, 2003
Update 1:30 p.m.

Grand Prix Fire Update

Claremont, CA -- Residents of Mt. Baldy Village have been allowed to return to their homes and Claremont is under no fire threat as firefighters have made excellent progress in containing the Padua fire. Full containment is expected Sunday, November 2.

The recovery process for Claremont-area residents impacted by the fire are in full swing. A "one-stop" Local Assistance Center is now open in Claremont at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road.  The LAC is designed to be a place where persons impacted by the fire can get the information they need to begin the disaster recovery process, all in one place. This includes not only people who lost their homes but people that may have suffered other impacts as a result of the fire. The determination as to exactly who qualifies for aid is best made by the folks at the LAC, so its best to have people with detailed questions come to the LAC for an answer. Among the services/information that will provided at the LAC are rebuilding loans, housing assistance, public health screenings, rebuilding permits, property and income tax relief, unemployment benefits, welfare, and emotional support.

Residents from outside Los Angeles County can obtain assistance with state and federal programs at the Claremont LAC but will not be able to obtain assistance regarding programs offered through San Bernardino County.

 Individuals coming to the LAC are encouraged to pre-register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling (800) 550-5234.

The LAC's hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The LAC is closed Sundays. The LAC will remain in place as long as there is a need.

Several high level federal, state, and county officials have visited the LAC to tour the facility, speak with victims, and offer support for the recovery work being done. Officials touring the site have included Los Angeles County Supervisor for the 5th District Mike Antonovich, Governor Gray Davis, Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger, Secretary Tom Ridge of the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA Director Mike Brown, and Congressman David Dreier. Local officials had the opportunity to meet with these individuals to discuss the need for providing assistance to local victims of the fire.

Access to the Claraboya area is being controlled until Sunday evening, November 2. After that, a patrol officer will remain in the area until further notice.

Claraboya residents are encouraged to keep an eye out for any suspicious persons or activities in the area. No one knows the neighborhood better than they do. All suspicious activities can be reported by calling 9-1-1.

The City has installed temporary fencing with a locked gate around all damaged properties in the Claraboya area as a safety precaution. Property owners will be provided with a key. Contact the City's building division at (909) 399-5471 to arrange access to fenced properties.

The "Boil Water" alert issued for Claremont was lifted on Thursday evening. No contamination was found in samples collected from the area. A flyer announcing the lifting of the alert has been delivered to all homes in the affected area. Anyone with questions about water service can call Southern California Water at (800) 999-4033.

City building officials continue to conduct detailed evaluations of damaged homes. Owners of damaged and destroyed properties are strongly encouraged to contact the building division before beginning any major clearance or reconstruction work.

Large trash bins and dumpsters have been placed throughout the Claraboya neighborhood for residents needing to dispose of debris from the fire. Individuals wanting to rent their own containers or arrange for bulk item pickup can do so by calling (909) 399-5430.

Residents who live in Palmer Canyon, Padua Hills, and other unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County can contact a special hotline at (800) 980-4990 for information or Jay Gomez at County Supervisor Mike Antonovich's office at (909) 394-2264 with any questions or concerns.

The Wilderness Park remains closed till further notice. Several hotspots were discovered earlier today.

Staff is now preparing plans for dealing with mudslides that may result in the Wilderness Park area should heavy rains hit the area in the near future.

Anyone wanting to access Thompson Creek Trail should do so only with great caution as there is damage to much of the area surround the trail.

This website will be updated should the situation change significantly.

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