Lilac Fire
The Lilac Fire burning out of control Thursday night in Bonsall. Photo: OnSceneTV

County of San Diego officials said they hope to begin assessing damage Friday caused by the wind-driven Lilac Fire, which destroyed numerous homes and other structures as it raced through Bonsall.

The assessment process will begin as soon as the burned areas are deem safe, according to the county.

The county plans to open a local assistance center on Monday at the Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave., to help fire survivors navigate the recovery and rebuilding process. Hours of operation are still being set.

Until then, residents can obtain short-term services at evacuation centers, according to the county.

Recovery information for residents living in the unincorporated areas of the fire can be found at SDCountyRecovery.com. Officials said the website will be continually refreshed with updates and new information.

The county also established a dedicated email to help fire survivors with the recovery process at CountyFireRecovery@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Officials said fire survivors who evacuated their homes should not return until fire and law enforcement officials deem it safe.

—City News Service