Wildfire Recovery Resources
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of RESPONSE.CA.GOV a new state website with tools and resources for Californians who have been impacted by wildfires and utility-directed power shutoffs. This site combines emergency response, recovery and resilience information into a single place for easy access by users. It is a one-stop portal that includes local and state resources, health services, shelters and housing, preparedness information, and more.
Fire Recovery Assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has multiple agencies that provide financial and/or technical assistance to help farmers, ranchers and rural landowners recover from natural disasters, such as wildfires. Listed below are USDA agencies and an overview of applicable programs. Funding for some programs are contingent on the annual enactment of Congressional appropriations legislation.
Farm Service Agency (FSA)
- Emergency Conservation Program (ECP): The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides assistance to producers if their land was damaged by a natural disaster and needs conservation practices.
- Tree Assistance Program (TAP): TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines damaged by natural disasters.
- Emergency Loans: Emergency Loan Program provides loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine.
- Livestock Forage Program (LFP): LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or that is planted specifically for grazing. Learn more about LFP.
- Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP): LIP provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather or by attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government. Learn more about LIP.
- Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP): ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease (including cattle tick fever), adverse weather, or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, not covered by LFP and LIP. Learn more about ELAP.
- Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) - Honey Bee Assistance: ELAP provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease (including cattle tick fever), adverse weather, or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, not covered by LFP and LIP. Learn more about ELAP.
- Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP): The Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) helps the owners of non-industrial private forests restore forest health damaged by natural disasters. The EFRP does this by authorizing payments to owners of private forests to restore disaster damaged forests.
- Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP): NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters.
- For more information, visit disaster.fsa.usda.gov
- To find your local FSA county office, visit offices.usda.gov
Risk Management Agency (RMA)
Risk Management Agency oversees the Federal crop insurance programs. Insureds must have a policy in force with their crop insurance agent to have coverage. This program may protect against the loss of their covered crops or livestock due to natural disasters such as hail, freezes, floods, fire, insects, disease and wildlife, or may cover the loss of revenue due to a decline in price or other factors for applicable programs.
Insureds must call their crop insurance agent within 72 hours of damage discovery to initiate a claim. The crop insurance company will arrange for a loss adjuster to inspect the crop. Do not destroy evidence that is needed to support the claim without clear direction from the insurance company, preferably in writing.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Farmers, ranchers and non-industrial private forestland owners affected by wildfires can access technical assistance through NRCS’ conservation programs. Farm Bill financial assistance programs may be available in coming months to assist in implementing needed practices. These include advice on preventing erosion, covering and protecting exposed soil, directing water away from vulnerable areas and more.
NRCS may also be able to help impacted communities return damaged watersheds to normal functioning. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) was created by Congress to respond to emergencies caused by natural disasters. The program is designed to help reduce imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fire, drought, earthquakes, windstorms and other natural disasters.General Requirements:
- Designed to protect what structures are still intact but may be threatened due to soil erosion and barren soil.
- Eminent threat to life and property.
- Local sponsor is willing and able to represent the local community.
- Must be demonstrated that all local financial resources have been utilized.
Rural Development (RD)
Rural Development offers a variety of assistance to help California’s rural communities, businesses and families recover and rebuild after disasters, including wildfires.
Complete details on available programs can be found in the Rural Development California Disaster Assistance Resources overview.
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension
In addition to the USDA resources listed above, expertise and assistance on particular subjects (e.g. Re-seeding, Erosion & Flooding, Livestock, Salvage Logging and Reforestation) may be available through local or regional University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) Extension offices. To find contact information for your local county Extension office, or for information on topics of interest, those sites can be accessed at ucanr.edu/County_Offices/
UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Headquarters
1111 Franklin Street, 10th Floor
Phone: (530) 750-1221
CDFA Fairs and Expositions Branch
CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions Branch within the Division of Marketing Services, provides fiscal and policy oversight to the network of California fairs. California’s fairgrounds also play a key supporting role during wildfires. California’s fairgrounds fill a role in this task, often serving as operational centers and providing shelter and sustenance for evacuated livestock, pets and other rescued animals. CDFA’s Fairs and Expositions Branch oversees the state’s 77 fair organizations and participates in wildfire response.
430 G Street #4161
Davis, CA 95616
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Risk Management Agency - Regional Office
430 G Street #4168
Davis, CA 95616
Rural Development - State Office
430 G Street #4169
Davis, CA 95616
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Natural Resources Conservation Service
430 G Street #4164
Davis, CA 95616
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