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

November 30, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Free professional advice to help home and business owners toughen up their property against fires, storms and other assaults of nature is available through Dec. 13. Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have helped more than 17,000 residents of Southern California learn how to rebuild safer, more fire-resistant homes and businesses after recent wildfire destruction.
November 29, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- They did not show up two-by-two, but for many of San Diego's four-legged creatures - and a sizable number of its two-legged ones as well - the Del Mar Fairgrounds was a refuge worthy of Noah against the firestorm that engulfed parts of Southern California last month. It was the first time that Del Mar Fairgrounds had become an evacuation center for people as well as animals.
November 29, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Whether it's puppies, parakeets or pythons, Californians love their pets and leaving them behind when disaster strikes is not an option. San Diego had a disaster pet plan for the California wildfires, and it worked.
November 29, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- Staying in touch with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the best way to keep your application for federal and state disaster assistance on track. "We have a well-traveled path to help residents recover from disaster," said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall of FEMA. "But sometimes families get stopped mid-way. The best way to keep your application moving is to keep communications open with our helpline."
November 28, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has begun awarding grants to individuals and households through the State Supplemental Grant Program (SSGP), officials with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) announced today. The State of California's SSGP may provide assistance to those who have additional eligible losses after receiving the maximum grant award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Individuals and Households Program.
November 26, 2007
News Release
PASADENA, Calif. -- The state of California, along with county and city officials, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will open a Local Assistance Center (LAC) near the Malibu area scorched by the fire that began on Saturday. The LAC will be located at the Malibu Bluffs Park, 24250 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. The center will open on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 9 a.m. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. The center will operate through Friday, December 7.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

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