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Fact Sheet: California Wildfires Myth vs. Fact VII

Release date: 
July 25, 2019
Release Number: 
DR-4407-CA FS 011

The recovery work being done after the Camp Fire is enormous. It is also very complicated since devastation on this scale has never before happened in the State of California. These complications, in turn, create misconceptions that are sometimes spread via social and news media making it difficult to separate myth from fact. In an effort to set the record straight and minimize survivors’ confusion and frustration, FEMA is issuing this weekly Fact Sheet to address the most prominent falsehoods.

Myth: Federal agencies are taking money dedicated to the 2018 California Wildfire disaster and applying it to other disasters across the country.

Fact: Regardless of what disasters are happening across the U.S., whether it be border security or an earthquake, funds earmarked for 2018 California Wildfire will be used as originally intended.


Myth: The impact from Hurricane Barry will prevent FEMA from allocating additional money to the recovery effort following the November 2018 California Wildfires.

Fact: No new disasters, Hurricane Barry or otherwise, will impact the funding or the operational status of the recovery efforts for the 2018 California Wildfires.


Myth: A "man camp" of FEMA trailers is providing housing to FEMA employees just outside Paradise, which is located closer to the burn area than any of FEMA’s temporary housing communities.

Fact: FEMA provides temporary housing to eligible disaster survivors or households (families). At this time, FEMA has not built any other housing communities for Federal, State or contract employees. Independent debris crews are housed at two base camps within Butte County. Also, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has a camp near the Tuscan Ridge area. FEMA continues to identify housing for Camp Fire survivors within the burn area.


All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585(TTY/TDD).

FEMA’s mission: Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Last Updated: 
July 25, 2019 - 20:30