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

January 12, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Eleven weeks after Southern California wildfires were declared a presidential disaster, state and federal assistance has reached more than $126 million to help pay for firefighting, debris removal and rebuilding work. The bulk of the funds have come from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which has approved nearly $68 million in long-term low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and business owners.
January 9, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The registration period closes today, Jan. 9, ?for those who took a direct hit from Southern California wildfires. The deadline to apply for federal and state disaster assistance is 6 p.m. for telephone registrations or midnight online. Before 6 p.m. today homeowners, renters and business owners may call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 to register property losses from wildfires.? Web signup is also available at until midnight tonight.
January 7, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- ?Wildfires that raged through Southern California last fall spoke no common tongue, yet needed no translation. Residents whose homes were damaged by wildfire or heavy rainfall in the burn areas speak many languages as they ask for help. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state of California have ears to hear them. "If you say it," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall of FEMA, "we understand it."
January 5, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- There is less than a week left to apply for federal and state disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the State of California. The deadline to apply for federal and state disaster assistance is Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.   The registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 7-9, 2008.
January 4, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif.? -- ?The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is joining state and local officials in encouraging preparations for winter storms that could cause flooding, mud and debris flow in California. "Flooding can happen quickly," said Mike Hall, FEMA's federal coordinating officer overseeing the recovery from the recent Southern California wildfires. "Being prepared can save lives and property."
January 4, 2008
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The major disaster declaration issued for the Southern California wildfires on Oct. 24, 2007, has been expanded to include flooding, mud flows, and debris flows directly related to the wildfires. The amendment to the presidential declaration means that only those areas within the previously designated counties specifically determined by FEMA to be damaged or adversely affected as a direct result of the compromised watershed conditions and fire-generated debris caused by the wildfires will be considered eligible for assistance on a case-by-case basis.


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How to Apply for Assistance

» Apply Online
» Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) / 1-800-462-7585 (TTY)

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • California, FEMA-1731-DR (PDF 49KB)
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