Rebuilding homes, lives one year later

Tami and Dan Bresniker in their rebuilt home after their original one was destroyed in the 2018 West Fire.

The one-year-anniversary of Alpine’s West Fire is July 6, 2019. The fire burned approximately 504 acres and destroyed numerous homes and structures.
Since last July homes have been restored or are in the process of being built. Multiple homes are under construction near the intersections of Scenic View Place, Pine View Road, Olive View Road, and nearby streets. Homes have been replaced on the east side of Alpine in the Alpine Oaks Mobile Estates as well.
“Everything was gone. Burnt to the ground,” said Alpine Oaks Mobile Estates homeowner Dan Bresniker. Bresniker and his wife, Tami, live with their blended family in the park.
Images on TV of their house on fire were screenshot and sent to them last year by friends and concerned parties.
Dan Bresniker is a 21-year employee and safety coordinator with Chula Vista’s Sweetwater Authority.
“Since Loveland is part of the water reservoir, they (co-workers) were monitoring it,” he said. “They started to realize some of the employees lived in the area. I got a call from co-workers asking how we were doing. They were very supportive.”
Bresniker noted their emotional support and gift cards were a tremendous boost.
“We were lucky we got that support,” he said. “It could have been much worse.” They also were insured. The family Is now in their new home purchased from Jimmy Coia of Wholesale Manufactured Homes.
An American flag, previously displayed on their home, damaged in the fire, is now displayed in a shadowbox on their living room wall.
“It’s humbling, it makes you see the value of family, not stuff,” said Tami Bresniker.
Another park resident noted that the community and residents pulled together and helped each other.
“Alpine has a very good sense of community,” said Jolene Hilldebrand. Her home was not destroyed but her family was dis-placed. The community offered up emotional support to her and her family.
“It was a while, we (her and her daughters) were out a week,” she said. “We had leaks with propane. So, they had to redo the propane (under the roads).”
Hilldebrand noted some homeowners had their fire insurance dropped.
“My fire insurance has not gone up,” she said. ‘A lot of people were dropped off their fire insurance.”
Another homeowner in the park was fortunate along with Hilldebrand, his house did not burn down.
“I do vegetative irrigation,” said park resident Duane Yee. “So that’s probably what saved it from going up.” His neighbors home burnt down.
“I’m so happy to hear the big equipment and see people rebuilding,” said Alpine homeowner Judy Nichols. Nichols lives across the street from homes that were destroyed. She can see rooftops with shingles to be added and homes under construction dotting the canyon and area across from her home off Pine View Road.
“The gal (across the street) who owns that house, is working on her loans,” she said. Nichols sustained minimal damage.
“My fire insurance has not gone up. I’m on the high side,” said Nichols. “I’m never under-insured.”
The county offers a wildfire hazard map at that also offers resources on wildfire preparedness and other wildfire related information.


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