California Wildfires (DR-1731)

Incident period: October 21, 2007 to March 31, 2008
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 24, 2007

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 15, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif.? -- Nearly six months removed from the devastation of the wildfires of 2007, Southern California is re-emerging. With helping hands from federal and state agencies, local governments, tribes and dozens of voluntary agencies, thousands of displaced residents are housed and hundreds of impacted businesses are getting stronger. Recovery is about people
March 28, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the California Office of Emergency Services (OES) announced today the reimbursement of $2 million to the County of San Diego to help cover the costs of essential supplies used to house and care for evacuees at Qualcomm Stadium and 46 other shelters during last fall's wildfires in Southern California.
February 26, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The two major firestorms that raged through Southern California in 2003 and 2007 share several notable similarities.  Both began in the third week of October during periods of high temperatures, low humidity and gusty Santa Ana winds; both received federal disaster declarations in the fourth week of October; the 2003 fires spread through five of the seven counties affected in 2007; both closed registration for federal and state assistance to individuals on January 9; both were expanded to include eligible mud- and debris-flow losses.
February 25, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- California residents whose properties were damaged by October and November wildfires may be eligible for disaster tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the California State Board of Equalization (BOE).
February 19, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- It has happened in every state in America, every U.S. territory and the District of Columbia. It happens an average of 31 times each year. It could happen soon where you live. Are you prepared for a disaster?
February 12, 2008
News Release
SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- A valuable classroom project to teach emergency preparedness to elementary school children was presented in the Poway Unified School District today.  The hands-on course, called FEMA for Kids, was shared with fourth graders at Painted Rock Elementary School by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and several preparedness partners. The message FEMA brought to school is "Be aware-prepare."  The kids got it.


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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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