Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire

On Sept. 30, President Joseph R. Biden signed the Hermit’s Peak Fire Assistance Act that provides $2.5 billion to compensate New Mexicans and Tribal Nations impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire. The funding may cover eligible loss including personal injury, loss of property, business loss or financial loss.

This historic fire, and subsequent flooding, had devastating impacts and this funding will provide much needed resources to help individuals and communities jumpstart their recovery.

Claims Office

FEMA is working alongside New Mexico state and local partners to develop the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office to disperse funding. We are committed to ensuring a simple claims process, including providing one-on-one assistance at fixed and mobile offices to those who submit a claim. We are also conducting government-to-government consultation with affected Tribal Nations to ensure that the claims process is accessible.

We will keep local partners, Tribal Nations, and New Mexicans informed every step of the way as we stand up the claims office.  

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You do not have to apply for FEMA disaster assistance to submit a claim to the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Claims Office.

Employment Opportunities

The Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office is hiring full-time positions to support the processing of claims and provision of compensation to claimants impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.  The duty stations for these positions will be Santa Fe, Las Vegas or Mora, NM, and the pay grades for positions will range from IC- 9 ($55,169) to IC-13 ($123.675).

Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office Hiring Flyer

Notice of Loss Form

Beginning November 14, New Mexicans impacted by the Hermits Peak/Calf Fire can submit a Notice of Loss form to signal interest in beginning the claims process.

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Once the Claims Office reviews the Notice of Loss form and confirms completeness, they have 180 days to determine the amount to be paid to the claimant.

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Tribal Nations, entities, corporations or members that have been impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire can submit a claim.

Tribal Consultation

FEMA remains committed to its responsibility to engage in consultation and collaboration with Tribal Nations, consistent with Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, reaffirmed by President Biden's "Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships."

We will host a virtual government-to-government consultation with the Tribal Nations impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire and whose tribal entities, corporations, or members have been impacted by the fire.

The virtual tribal consultation on the regulation will take place on Dec. 9, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., MT.

FEMA understands the importance of hearing from Tribal Nations on national and regional issues, as well as tribal-specific concerns. This tribal consultation will provide an opportunity for FEMA to walk Tribal Nations through proposed regulations regarding P.L. 117-180 and provide Tribal Nations with an opportunity to provide comments to the Agency.

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Register for the government-to-government tribal consultation and find additional information on the event page.

Public Comment Period

On Nov. 14, 2022, a 60-day public comment period will begin for the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance regulations. These regulations will guide the claims process and describe necessary documentation, evaluation criteria, available funding, and provide for appeal rights, arbitration and judicial review. 

The public comments period will run from Nov. 14, 2022 through Jan 13, 2023, and comments can be submitted at Federal Register. The Federal Register Notice docket number is FEMA-2022-0037. Submitted comments will be publicly available on this website.

Additionally, four public meetings will be held in the most heavily impacted communities to collect public comments. The meeting locations are below.

Resources

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Submitting a Public Comment Online or in Person for the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act

This graphic provides information on how to submit comments online or in person regarding the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act.

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Tribal Leader Letter on Virtual Tribal Consultation on the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Regulations Open Primary tabs configuration options Primary tabs

A letter to Tribal Nation leaders informing them about a virtual tribal consultation on the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance regulations public comments period.

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Hermit's Peak Fire Assistance Act Claims Process How to Submit a Comment Flyer

Review these step-by-step instructions on how to submit a comment online or in-person for the Hermit's Peak Assistance Act claims process.

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Review these step-by-step instructions on how to submit a comment online or in-person for the Hermit's Peak Assistance Act claims process.

Frequently Asked Questions

I was impacted by a fire other than the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire should I file a claim?

No. This program is only applicable to losses that resulted from the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, which includes flooding that occurred as a result of the fire. 

If I already received funding from FEMA related to damage from the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire, will I have to return that assistance?

No. However, future compensation amounts will be reduced to prevent paying for the same damage or losses twice.

Is Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office money taxable?

The Act states that “the value of compensation that may be provided under this Act shall not be considered income or resources for any purpose under any Federal, State, or local laws, including laws related to taxation.”  A claimant should consult a tax advisor for specific advice.

Is the compensation provided from Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Claims Office different from FEMA assistance?

Yes. The Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Claims Office will design and administer a program for compensating those who suffered personal injury, property losses, business losses and financial losses resulting from the Hermit’s Peak/ Calf Canyon Fire. This compensation exceeds the assistance typically provided by FEMA through recovery assistance programs.

What happens after I submit a Notice of Loss form?

After submitting a Notice of Loss form claimants should expect to receive correspondence from the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office acknowledging receipt of the form and, if needed, a request for additional information needed to complete acceptance of the form. Once the Claims Office acknowledges the receipt and completion of the Notice of Loss form, they have 180 days to determine the amount to be paid to the claimant.

Last updated December 8, 2022