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

December 14, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Nearly 19,000 residents applied for assistance in the weeks since wildfires attacked seven California counties. Housing and other disaster-related assistance totaling $66 million has been approved for Southern Californians in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. Individual assistance is available for residents with property damages from wildfire. Here is a summary of disaster assistance funding:
December 13, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) in Running Springs will relocate Friday, Dec. 14 to Rim of the World Recreation & Park District, 26577 State Hwy. 18, Rim Forest, CA 92378. The DLOC, run by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
December 11, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- January 9, 2008 is the final day to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for help with recovery from property damages caused by recent wildfires in Southern California.? The same day will be the final day that U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) customer service representatives will be available to issue loan applications, answer questions about SBA's disaster loan program, explain the application process, and help each individual complete their application.
December 8, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- A few years ago James Taylor lamented in a popular song, ?I?ve seen fire, and I?ve seen rain.? So has California, and with catastrophic results. After a major burn-off of water-absorbing vegetation during wildfire season, adjacent communities often get slammed by exaggerated flooding from heavy rain.
December 7, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Free professional advice to help home and business owners rebuild is available in Fallbrook and several other Southern California communities through next Thursday, December 13. Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have helped 20,000 residents learn how to rebuild safer, more fire-resistant homes and businesses since the recent wildfires. Simple, effective building techniques and landscape strategies can save costly repairs and prevent damages in the event of future wildfires.
December 7, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Maps showing the potential for destructive mudflows in the wake of recent Southern California wildfires were made available to the public and emergency responders today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The maps estimate the size of potential debris flows, commonly known as mudflows, and the areas that could be affected when rainfall begins on recently-burned areas.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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