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.

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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Can be submitted by:

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.



FEMA is seeking public feedback on the Hermit’s Peak Fire Assistance Act. The Act provides $2.5 billion to compensate New Mexicans impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.

FEMA is hosting a public meeting on Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Regulations at Mora High School in Mora, New Mexico.

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

FEMA is hosting a public meeting on Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Regulations at Old Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Resources

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Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Regulation Summary

This five-page document provides an overview of the Interim Final Rule that FEMA published in the Federal Register on Nov. 14, 2022. It also explains how to submit a public comment, who can submit a Notice of Loss form and how to complete the Proof of Loss form.

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Notice of Loss Form - Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire

Submit a Notice of Loss form to begin the claims process. When you file, it means you are choosing to seek compensation for losses from the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire through the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act. For guidance on how to file, check out the Submitting a Notice of Loss Form document.

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Submitting a Notice of Loss Form – Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire

Learn how to submit a Notice of Loss form to begin the claims process.

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Public Comment Meetings - Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Regulation

Find out how to join one of four public meetings to provide comments on the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Tribal Nation, entities, corporation, or members submit a claim?

Tribal Nations, entities, corporations, or members can submit a claim if they have suffered losses because of the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire.

Do I have to apply for FEMA assistance before filing a claim with the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Claims Office?

No, individuals do not have to apply with FEMA to pursue a claim through the Hermit’s Fire Assistance Grant.

Do I need to hire an attorney to help navigate this process?

The claims review process is intended to be simple and should not require paid legal assistance.  

How can I submit a claim?

Beginning Nov. 14, claimants impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire may submit a Notice of Loss form to signal an interest in beginning the claims process. The Notice of Loss form and information on how to submit can be found at FEMA.gov/Hermits-Peak.

Notice of Loss forms can be submitted by:

  • Email: fema-hermits-peak@fema.dhs.gov
  • Mail:
    • Attention :
      FEMA Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office
      P.O. Box 1329
      Santa Fe, NM 87504

It is important to emphasize that while the Notice of Loss form will be accepted beginning on Nov. 14, it will take time to build out the operation and the claims process to their full capacity. The Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office is expected to be fully operational in early 2023.

How long will it take to receive funds after a claim has been submitted?

FEMA will work to distribute funds as quickly as possible once the claims process has been established. Once the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon 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 November 23, 2022