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California Valley Fire and Butte Fire


Incident Period: Sep 9, 2015 - Oct 30, 2015

Declaration Date: Sep 22, 2015

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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.

Debris Removal

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

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


Months after devastating fires scorched homes and property, the wild grass regrowth signals recovery at the ground level. FEMA continues its recovery efforts with grass roots efforts to those disaster survivors in need. The deadline for Calaveras and Lake county wildfire survivors to register with FEMA has passed, but various forms of disaster assistance remain available. Survivors who registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are urged to stay in touch with the agency. Adam DuBrowa/ FEMA
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 -- Ceramic tile roofing is a best practice to mitigate embers from igniting the roof structure when considering living with the threat of wildfires and homeowner Ron Steenkouigh’s ceramic tile roof mitigated the penetrating flames from his structure. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of California and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the Valley Fire. Adam Dubrowa/FEMA
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


Middletown, CA-- A HAZMAT team member sprays down dusty ashy homes sites during debris removal to mitigate airborne toxic chemicals such as ash, household cleaning products and asbestos. FEMA is 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
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


A group of white goats return to a hilly, blackened field.
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


A man and woman holding a baby search through cardboard boxes of clothing.
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

 800-621-3362 (711 or video relay service available) 800-462-7585 (TTY).

Additional Resources



  • California has put together resources for being storm ready at storms.ca.gov.
  • Visit floodsmart.gov to learn your flood risk and for more information on flood insurance.
  • The United States Geological Survey has a page on preparing for El Nino in California at elnino.wr.usgs.gov.

Preliminary Damage Assessment Report

PDA Report; FEMA-4240-DR

Funding Obligations

Individual Assistance Amount
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
Public Assistance Amount
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
Last updated March 20, 2020