December 2017 Fires: Available Resources


Volunteer and Donate

If you would like to donate, cash donations are preferred because they reduce the amount of labor and the expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Relief agencies can use cash to meet survivors’ specific needs more quickly while also supporting local economic recovery. For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the California Office of the Attorney General Charities web site​.​


December 2017 Information

Fierce Santa Ana winds, combined with dry brush and dead trees, fueled the start of multiple fires in Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Riverside counties. The first of the southern California wildfires broke out on the evening of December 4, and fires continued to burn in numerous counties while ongoing dangerous weather conditions persisted. Thousands of acres burned destroying infrastructure, residences, and prompted mass evacuations.

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December 2017 Emergency Proclamations & Declarations

News December 7, 2017 – Neighboring States Respond to California’s Request for Wildfire Assistance December 6, 2017 – Officials Warn of Strong Winds Overnight and Extreme Fire Danger in Southern California through Friday December 6, 2017 – Las Autoridades Advierten Sobre Fuertes Vientos Durante la Noche y Peligro Extremo de Incendio en el Sur de California Hasta el Viernes December 6, 2017 – Cal/OSHA Issues Advisory for Worker Safety in

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2017 School FAQ & Information

Frequently Asked Questions – Schools FAQs for School Districts and Superintendents (PDF)


2017 Tax Information

Tax Resources and Information 2017 Wildfire Property Tax Reassessment Information Revenue and Taxation Code section 170(a)(1) allows homeowners to apply for reassessment of their property if it has been the damaged or destroyed by Governor-declared disaster.  The county assessor will immediately reappraise the property to reflect its damaged condition.  In addition, when it is rebuilt in a like or similar manner, the property will retain its prior value (Proposition 13)

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2017 Debris Removal FAQs

USACE FAQ on Debris Removal Operations in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma Counties (as of 10 Dec 2017) Fast Facts – Debris Removal FAQs Fast Facts – Debris Removal FAQs – Español Fast Facts – Debris Removal For Agricultural and Commercial Structures Private Debris Removal Guidelines These are basic guidelines the individual counties may incorporate into their formal private debris removal requirements.