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Property Tax Relief Offered for Colby Fire Victims

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(FOX 11/CNS) - Homes and other buildings damaged in the Colby Fire may qualify for property tax relief, county officials announced today.

Under state law, home and business owners may qualify for a temporary reduction in assessed value that could result in a lower tax bill until repairs are made or structures are replaced.

Property owners who have incurred $10,000 or more in damage from the fire should contact the Office of the Assessor's East District Office at (626) 258-6001 for information. Forms will also be available at evacuation centers and online at Office of the Assessor's website at http://assessor.lacounty.gov.

Forms must be submitted, along with photographs and repair estimates, within one year of the date of damage.The fire that broke out Jan. 16 in the Glendora/Azusa area of the

Angeles National Forest consumed 1,952 acres, destroyed five homes and damaged 17 others while injuring six people, including five firefighters and a civilian, according to the U.S. Forest Service. It also destroyed 10 outbuildings and damaged another.

The fire is still 98 percent contained, and officials still had no estimate on when full containment was expected.

"We're still fighting hot spots, and until those are completely out, it will remain at only 98 percent contained," according to Nathan Judy of the Angeles National Forest.

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