On Sept. 30, 2022, President Joseph R. Biden signed the Hermit’s Peak Fire Assistance Act that provided $2.5 billion to compensate New Mexicans and Tribal Nations impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire. An additional $1.45 billion was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, that passed Dec. 29, 2022, providing a total of $3.95 billion to fund expected costs under the Act. Funding may cover eligible loss including personal injury, loss of property, business loss or financial loss.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act also included funding to replace water treatment facilities damaged by the fire to ensure communities have access to clean drinking water.
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.
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.
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 Canyon Fire can submit a Notice of Loss form to signal interest in beginning the claims process.
Can be submitted by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FEMA Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Office
P.O. Box 1329
Santa Fe, NM 87504
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.
Tribal Nations, entities, corporations or members that have been impacted by the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire can submit a claim.
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.
- Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Public Comment Transcript - Thursday, Nov. 17,2022 - Las Vegas
- Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Public Comment Transcript - Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 - Mora High School
- Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Public Comment Transcript - Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 - Las Vegas
- Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Public Comment Transcript - Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 - Peñasco
- Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Public Comment Transcript - Thursday, Jan. 5, 2022 - Mora High School
- Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Claims Public Comment Transcript - Thursday, Jan. 9, 2022 - Angel Fire
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 hosted 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 tribal consultation provided 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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