Aguanga residents who lost their homes in the Highland Fire await final word on the fire’s cause

Michael Bradley looks over wreckage left by the Highland Fire in Aguanga which destroyed the home of his employee and neighbor Cody McCormick and at his fifth-wheel RV that McCormick and his family now lives in. It was cited recently for a Riverside County Code violation. Valley News/Tony Ault photo
It’s been more than three months since the Highland Fire swept through much of Aguanga north of Highway 79 to Sage Monday, Oct. 30. More than a dozen people lost their homes and are living at friends’ homes or in RVs without commercial power and amenities.The exact cause of the fire is under investigation by Cal Fire inspectors, and until that report is completed, those who had insurance will receive little compensation, which also isn’t guaranteed. Adding to their problems are county ordinances that prohibit living in RVs without proper permits for an extended length of time.In addition to the lost homes, some residents have lost much or all of their livelihoods, like Robin Brown who is disabled and has lived in the same home in Aguanga for 50 years. It was completely destro
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