October 24, 2007 / 2:53 PM / 12 years ago

San Diego County sees fire damage topping $1 bln

A burnt car sits in the driveway of a home destroyed by fire, next to an untouched home in Rancho Bernardo, near San Diego, California, October 23, 2007. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Damages from the wildfires in California’s San Diego County were expected to exceed $1 billion, a top official said on Wednesday.

“Based on initial estimates, just the homes damaged will be over $1 billion,” Ron Lane, San Diego County emergency services director, told a news conference.

In four days of wildfires, more than 1,300 homes have been lost and at least 500,000 people have been evacuated.

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