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Apple Valley Fire facing $1 million deficit

APPLE VALLEY • The Apple Valley Fire Protection District is looking at ways to close a $1 million budget deficit, with retirement incentives, employee furloughs and more on the table. Officials are hoping these moves will trim enough from the budget to avoid laying off any of the district’s approximately 80 employees, though that possibility was mentioned during a special meeting of the district’s board of directors Tuesday afternoon. Chief Doug Qualls said the AVFPD is working with a 15 percent deficit of its $7.6 million budget, and they anticipate another cut next year. Qualls cited declining property values as the main reason for the shortfall, with less revenue coming to the district as the value of homes — and therefore the amount of property taxes homeowners pay — has plummeted over the last two years or so. According to AVFPD employees, they were informed about the approximate $1 million deficit in a memo from Qualls early last month.

Story by: Victorville Daily Press

Fire nearly destroys A.V. home

APPLE VALLEY • A home was nearly destroyed when an early-morning fire originating from a wood-burning stove swept through the structure Tuesday, Apple Valley Fire Protection District officials said.

The way the home was constructed made it difficult for firefighters to get a handle on the blaze, according to Fire Investigator Brian Pachman.

“The house has had many additions to the original travel trailer that was in the middle of this stucco framed home,” Pachman said. “There was a space between the trailer’s roof and the newly added roof where the fire was, making access to put it out very difficult.”

Firefighters arrived at the home in the 20900 block of Willow Springs Avenue at about 1:35 a.m. and found a father and son safely outside the home, officials said. AVFPD and San Bernardino County Fire Department crews worked for nearly an hour to put out the fire. No injuries were reported, and officials are still investigating the incident.

Story by: vvdailypress.com