California Valley Fire and Butte Fire
Incident Period: Sep 9, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015
Declaration Date: Sep 22, 2015
More About This Disaster
Local News & Media
Visit the News & Media page for events, fact sheets, press releases and other multimedia resources.
Keep Us Updated to Avoid Delays
Let us know if there are changes to your phone number or mailing/email address. We would also like updates on your insurance situation and bank account information. Providing us with the most up-to-date information will help avoid any delays to assistance.
Give us a call at 800-621-3362 to update your contact information or if you have questions. Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use 711/VRS may call 800-621-3362.
You can also update your information online at disasterassistance.gov.
Long-term Recovery Groups
We are working with our local, state, non-profit, and faith-based partners in both Calaveras and Lake Counties to get help to those who still need it.
If you were impacted by the Butte Fire, you can find help from Calaveras Recovers, a group that includes the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, along with several other government and non-profit organizations. Visit their website, calaverasrecovers.net, to learn about meetings near you and to see a full list of member organizations.
If you were impacted by the Valley Fire, Team Lake County is a volunteer-led, long-term recovery resource that can work with you and your family to find solutions for any unmet needs. For information on partner organizations and available assistance you visit either their Facebook page, facebook.com/teamlakecounty, or their website, teamlakecounty.org.
Calaveras County: Crews are working to remove debris from properties participating in the state / county debris removal program. For those not participating in this program, detailed information on self-certification of debris removal is available on butte.calaveras.gov.
Lake County: Debris removal is being sponsored through CalRecycle at no cost to you. Find out how to sign up for the program, as well as additional information on Valley Fire recovery at lakecountyrecovers.com.
Crisis counseling services are available through the Calaveras and Lake County Mental Health Departments to help both adults and children cope with disaster-related stress.
- Calaveras County Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 800-499-3030
- Lake County Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 800-900-2075
Disaster Legal Services
Disaster Legal Services are provided to survivors free-of-charge through the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association. Services include assistance with insurance claims, advice on landlord/tenant disputes, home repair contracts and contractors, mortgage-foreclosure issues, assisting in consumer protection matters, and guidance on replacement of wills and other important legal documents. Disaster Legal Services can be reached at 800-657-0479 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Keep in mind that legal advice is limited to cases that will not produce a fee.
Ways to Help
Remember that cash is the most efficient method of donating. Be safe and donate through a trusted organization. For more information, visit our page on volunteering and donating responsibly.
Lake County has pulled together a page of resources for those interested in providing donations for Valley Fire recovery. You can also visit lovelakecounty.org for further information on donations and volunteering.
If you’re interested in giving to survivors of the Butte Fire, Calaveras County has a list of resources on where to donate.
Snapshots of Recovery
Middletown, CA— Months after devastating fires scorched homes and property, plant regrowth signals recovery at the ground level. We continue to work with our partners to get help to those disaster survivors in need. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA Download Original
Middletown, CA -- Homeowner Ron Steenkouigh of Middletown, California had mitigation on his mind when the roof was installed on his home. He knew the risks of wildfires and took action to give his home a chance to survive the heat.Ceramic-tile roofing is a best practice to mitigate embers from igniting a roof – especially if you’re living in an area prone to wildfires. Adam Dubrowa/ FEMA Download Original
HAZMAT teams spray down properties to help prevent airborne toxic chemicals such as ash, household cleaning products, and asbestos. We are working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of California, and homeowners to remove toxic debris under the Public Assistance Program. Adam DuBrowa/FEMA Download Original
The Butte Fire scorched 110 square miles of farmland before being 97 percent contained. At this ranch, the livestock are returning to fields of char. Adam DuBrowa/FEMA Download Original
The Calvin family searches for donated goods after their home was damaged by the wildfires. Volunteer organizations received an abundance of goods and resources from donors, which will be distributed to those disaster survivors in need. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA Download Original
The Housing Process
- For more information on how you can prepare for wildfires, visit ready.gov/wildfires or usfa.fema.gov.
|Total Housing Assistance (HA) - Dollars Approved||$8,553,972.57|
|Total Other Needs Assistance (ONA) - Dollars Approved||$4,202,172.27|
|Total Individual & Households Program Dollars Approved||$12,756,144.84|
|Individual Assistance Applications Approved||1544|
|Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated||$226,931,965.25|
|Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated||$7,867,492.62|
|Total Public Assistance Grants Dollars Obligated||$236,343,856.24|