November 2018 Fires

On November 8, the Camp Fire erupted in Butte County, with wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour feeding the fire that burned an abundance of dry fuel.  Almost simultaneously, two separate fires erupted in Southern California called the Woolsey and Hill Fires. These three major wildfires forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people in the counties of Ventura and Los Angeles.

This past July, California experienced several major wildfires up and down the state, many resulting in State of Emergency Proclamations by the Governor to support local government and federal Fire Management Assistance Grants to help with firefighting costs. Large wildfires in Shasta and Lake Counties destroyed thousands of structures and ultimately resulted in a Major Disaster Declaration by the President of the United States to further provide resources to help fire survivors and communities recover. This page contains resources and information to those affected by wildfires. Survivors are also encouraged to check with their local jurisdiction for additional recovery information that may be available.

For current fire information, visit the CAL FIRE Incident Page here

Please see the Butte County website for the missing persons list that is being kept by the Butte County Sheriff, if you have friends or family that you believe are unaccounted for.

Disaster Recovery Assistance and Services Brochure

These are the steps you should take if your home or business was damaged.

  1. If you had insurance for your home, personal property, vehicle, and/or
    business, contact your insurance agent/company to seek assistance on filing
    a claim.
  2. Register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by calling
    1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number for hearing impaired is:
    1-800-462-7585. Another option is to register online by going to
    wwww.disasterassistance.gov.  You will need to provide essential information such as name, address, address where damages occurred, social security number, phone number, etc.
  3. Visit an assistance center to speak with federal, state,
    local, and nonprofit organizations which will offer a variety of services
    and assistance including  home and personal property losses, business loss
    and recovery, replacement of vital records and documents, DMV license
    replacement, tax assistance, unemployment information, etc.
    Butte County:
    Former Sears Store, Chico Mall
    1982 East 20th Street, Chico, Ca 95828
    Hours of Operation: Open 9am – 7pm Daily
    Ventura County:
    Malibu Courthouse in Malibu Civic Center
    23525 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265
    Hours of Operation: 11/17 – Saturday 1 PM – 8 PM10 AM – 6 PM Daily
    CLOSED November 22Conrad N Hilton Foundation
    30440 Agoura Hills Rd., Agoura 91301
    Hours of Operation: 11/17 – Saturday 1 PM – 8 PM
    10 AM – 6 PM Daily
    CLOSED November 22
    Be prepared for the initial days to be busy.
  4. In the interim of the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opening, you may want to visit www.211.org. 2-1-1 is an umbrella organization of nonprofit organizations and resources for referrals. Enter the County for which you are seeking assistance (Butte, Ventura, Los Angeles) and it will provide the telephone number of the organization which spearheads information and referrals for that county.

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Select a recovery resource from the Available Resources menu on the left.