City of San Marcos Cocos Fire Update

CITY SAN MARCOS FIRE UPDATE: Cocos Fire 93 percent contained
Crews continue area mop up
Posted Date: 5/20/2014 1:30 PM

The Cocos Fire is currently 1,995 acres and 93 percent contained. Firefighters are continuing to mop up smoldering within the fire area and teams are constructing new fire breaks to prevent the spread of fire in the future. 

Currently, 36 homes have been lost in the regional area impacted by the Cocos Fire. This includes five destroyed and four damaged homes within the San Marcos city limits. Residents returning to the area are asked to use caution, as fire equipment will be in the area. 

City residents whose homes were lost or damaged can visit San Marcos City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, where staff stands ready to assist. Residents living in the unincorporated county areas can visit the Recovery Liaison Office located at the San Marcos County Library, 2 Civic Center Drive. The recovery office will be open from 7 am to 5 pm daily and can assist affected homeowners in obtaining building permits, clearing ash from swimming pools, safely handle food after a power outage as well as other recovery and rebuilding information. 

Preliminary Cocos Fire Incident Information (as of 1 pm on 5/20/2014):
• Acres: 1,995 acres 
• Percent Contained: 93% 
• Initial Damage Assessment: 36 homes damaged or destroyed; 
• No major injuries reported 
• Total personnel currently deployed: 514 (regionally) 
• Apparatus currently deployed: 
  o Engines: 21 
  o Fire Crews: 13 
  o Aircraft: 0 
  o Helicopters: 0 
  o Water tenders: 3 
  o Bulldozers: 1 
• Cost to date: $6.208,443

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