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California Wildfires (DR-1731)

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


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.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 2,019 $14,964,898.08 $10,903,326.96 $4,061,571.12
Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 02:59 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $138,795,111.33 $128,982,043.34 $6,686,179.13
Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 06:29 (Updated daily)

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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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» California Wildfires (Emergency Declaration)

Preliminary Damage Assessment

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