October Wildfires Resources & Information

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Incident Overview

Firefighters began battling multiple wildfires on October 8 in numerous counties across the entire state, prompting mass evacuations. Thousands of acres burned and threatened infrastructure as strong winds fueled the fast-moving fires. As of today, as many as 14 large fires are burning across the state and an estimated 40,000 people remain evacuated.

Resources Pouring In

Resources continued to pour in to California to assist firefighting crews as they battled multiple fires throughout the state. There are more than 11,000 firefighters and 337 law enforcement personnel working the deadly fires. Suppression efforts included more than 960 fire engines, over 30 air tankers and 73 helicopters, with an additional 170 fire engines either in California or en route from Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, South Carolina, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. Fire department mutual aid resources from all across California are helping with firefighting efforts. Click here for the current list of fire departments assisting.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services coordinated the placement of more than 1,700 evacuees in dozens of shelters across the region, while also distributing more than 40,000 meals, 60,000 liters of water, 2,000 ADA compliance cots and 12,000 blankets and sheets.  

The California National Guard continued its support of the firefighting efforts with more than 2,365 soldiers and airmen deployed, including a 500-person infantry from Southern California. Cal Guard and the Nevada National Guard are heavily involved in the air suppression efforts with 25 aircraft offering support via firefighting, damage assessment, fire mapping and transportation. In addition, Cal Guard also coordinated bringing in additional resources from Oregon and Nevada, as well as with the United States Navy and Marines, if needed.


Interactive Fire Map by GeoMac Wildland Fire Support Viewer

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State Operations

The State Operations Center is activated to support emergency management coordination and mutual aid requests for multiple fire starts throughout Northern California. Communities in Yuba, Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Butte, Nevada, and Solano counties are currently experiencing heavy fire activity with thousands of acres burned and evacuations under effect.

The Inland, Coastal and Southern Regional Operations Centers are also activated. Cal OES is coordinating dozens of local government requests for law enforcement assistance for evacuations and fire personnel to assist in fire suppression.

The California National Guard mobilized to support disaster response and/or relief efforts. To assist local governments and for the protection of public health and the environment, state agencies shall enter into contracts to arrange for the procurement of materials, goods, and services necessary to quickly assist with the response to and recovery from the impacts of these fires. Applicable provisions of the Government Code and the Public Contract Code, including but not limited to travel, advertising, and competitive bidding requirements, are suspended to the extent necessary to address the effects of the fires.

Governor's Statement on Presidential Declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced October 10 that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the state of California to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires from October 8, 2017 and continuing.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement after the White House approved the gubernatorial request for federal assistance to help with the impacts of wildfires burning in Northern California: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has responded promptly to assist California in fighting these terrible fires. I appreciate the fast response from the President.”

Emergency Proclamations and Declarations 

On October 10, Governor Brown issued an emergency proclamation for Solano County due to the effects of the Atlas Fire, which has damaged critical infrastructure, threatened homes and caused the evacuation of residents. On October 9, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an emergency proclamation for eight counties – Napa, Sonoma, Yuba,Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange - due to the effects of multiple fires causing damage to critical infrastructure, threatening homes and causing the evacuation of residents. The proclamation allows all state agencies to use and employ state personnel, equipment and facilities for response and recovery efforts. 

What You Should Know Before Applying for Federal Individual Assistance

(English PDF)

(En Español PDF)

Insurance: If you have insurance, you do not have to le an insurance claim before applying for FEMA assistance. You are encouraged to contact your insurance company as soon as possible to start your insurance claim process. When you receive your insurance settlement, please call FEMA at 800-621-3362 to discuss your assistance options.

Inspections: If an inspection is required, a FEMA inspector will contact you to schedule an appointment to assess your property damage. If you cannot be present, another household member over the age of eighteen may meet with the inspector. Inspectors will have FEMA photo identi cation and are trained to identify damage caused by disasters. Inspectors will not physically access certain areas of your home, such as crawlspaces, attics, and roofs. Inspectors do not decide if you receive FEMA assistance.

Duplication of Benefits: It is important to provide accurate insurance information to avoid a duplication of FEMA assistance. By law, FEMA cannot give assistance for losses addressed by insurance coverage or other sources. If you receive FEMA assistance and have insurance that covers the same loss, you will be required to return the FEMA Assistance.

Financial Assistance Limit: Financial assistance is limited to an annually adjusted amount based on the Consumer Price Index. The nancial assistance limit may be reached with a combination of Housing Assistance and Other Needs Assistance grant awards.

Flood insurance and Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA): If your home is located an SFHA, you are required to purchase and maintain ood insurance on your property as a condition of receiving FEMA disaster assistance. Failure to obtain and maintain ood insurance may affect your eligibility for future FEMA assistance.

Help After a Duration of Assistance: Assistance is provided for up to eighteen months from the disaster declaration, but may be extended if approved by the State, Tribe, or Territory, and FEMA. 

List of Emergency Proclamations and Declarations


Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG)

On October 9, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Director Mark Ghilarducci secured 10 Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help ensure the availability of vital resources to suppress wildfires burning statewide. FMAGs, which also enable local, state and tribal agencies to recover eligible costs, were approved for the following fires:

​Local Assistance Centers

Lake County
Clearlake Senior Community Center
3245 Bowers Ave, Clearlake

Oct. 17 - Oct. 21

Yuba County
Yuba County Government Center
915 8th Street, Marysville

Oct. 18 - Oct. 20
Nevada County
1020 McCourtney Road, Suite C
Grass Valley, CA

Oct. 17

Sonoma County
Press Democrat Building
427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

Oct. 14 - Oct. 22

Hanna Boys Center
17000 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, CA 95476
Oct. 17 - TBD
11a - 7p
​Butte County
Bangor Community Center 
7500 Oro Bangor Hwy, Bangor

Oct. 18 - Oct. 19
Napa County
2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive 
Building A, Napa

Oct. 16 - TBD
Mendocino County
Mendocino College
1000 Hensley Creek Road, Building 6220 

Oct. 17 - Oct. 31


Evacuation Center/Shelter Information

October Wildfires ​2017 Leadership Update

October Wildfires 2017 Press Conference


How Does This Wildfire Season Compare?
California has endured some of the worst wildfires in United States history. Find out from CAL FIRE how this wildfire disaster compares to other major incidents.

DMV Assists California Fire Victims
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering limited services to residents affected by the wildfires raging across the state. Fire victims who need to replace lost or damaged DMV-related documents can do so free of charge at assistance centers in the impacted areas. Fire victims also can receive support at local DMV field offices, by calling DMV customer service at 1-800-777-0133 or by visiting www.dmv.ca.gov.

National Wildfire Coordinating Group Map
Check fire conditions where you live.

Check the Air Quality Where You Live
Wildfires cause poor air quality not only for the affected county but often for neighboring communities and beyond. Track the air quality in your area. Learn how to Protect Yourself During Wildfire – N95 Filter Masks. NIOSH-Approved N95 Respirators. Contact your local county Emergency Operations Center to find out about obtaining a N95 mask.

How Smoke from Fires Can Affect Your Health
Fact sheet from the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on how smoke from fires can affect your health.

Disaster Distress Helpline
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

Department of Insurance Information for Recent Wildfire Victims
To assist wildfire victims, the California Department of Insurance developed a guide to expedite the recovery process. 

Department of Business Oversight: Bank Closures in Affected Counties
Find information on bank closures in affected counties due to the California statewide wildfire.

Travel Safety Tips When Evacuating
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have outlined specific guidelines on how to properly evacuate and to return home safely.

After the Fire: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures
When evacuating, never risk your personal safety to save belongings. When returning after a fire, wear protective clothing and eyewear to handle items. Hazardous particles may still be in the air and structures will likely be unstable.  FEMA has additional tips and resources to salvage personal items that have survived fires.

Latest news from Cal OES on the Newsroom Blog
Be sure to check out our blog for more coverage on the ongoing wildfires, including videos, news releases and exclusive stories.


​Cal OES

Twitter: @Cal_OES
Facebook: @CaliforniaOES


Twitter: @CAL_FIRE
Facebook: @CALFIRE

California Statewide Fire Map

Cal Trans

Orange: @Caltrans12
Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt: @CaltransDist1
Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba: @CaltransDist3
Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tehama, Modoc, Lassen, Plumas, and parts of Butte and Sierra: @CalTransD2
Sonoma, Napa, Solano, San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara @CaltransD4
Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt
Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba
Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tehama, Modoc, Lassen, Plumas, and parts of Butte and Sierra
Sonoma, Napa, Solano, San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara

​Butte County

Twitter: @CountyofButte
Facebook: @ButteCounty

24-Hour (530) 538-7451


Butte County Fire Information Line: 530.538.7826
Paradise Fire Information Line: 530.872.5951

​Calaveras County

Twitter: @CalaverasCounty
Facebook: @calaverascounty

​Lake County

Twitter: @LakeCoNews
Facebook: @lakeconews

Lake County OES

Sign up for Alerts

Mendocino County

Twitter:      @countymendocino
Facebook: @mendocinocounty

24 Hour Information Hotline: (707) 467-6428



Youtube Channel (live press conferences)

Napa County

Twitter: @CountyofNapa
Facebook: @NapaCounty

24-Hour (707) 253-4451


Sign up for Alerts

​Nevada County

Twitter: @NevCoOES
Facebook: @NevadaCountyCA

24-Hour (530) 265-7880

Emergency Alerts Signup

Orange County

Twitter:       @AnaheimFire
Facebook: Anaheim Fire and Rescue
Anaheim    (714) 765-4333
Irvine          (949) 724-7000
OCSD          (714) 628-7085
Orange PD (714) 744 - 7495
Tustin         (714) 628 - 7085

Solano County

Twitter: @SolanoSheriff
Facebook: @SolanoSheriff

Check 95.3 KUIC for updates

Public Information Line: (707) 784-1600

​Sonoma County

Twitter: @CountyofSonoma
Facebook: @sonomacountyca

Santa Rosa/Sonoma County Public Info Line  
(707) 565-3856


Sign up for Emergency Alerts

Sonoma Road Conditions

​​Yuba County

Twitter: @YubaCounty
Facebook: @YubaCounty


Loma Rica Fire Info

Yuba County Fire Information Line: 530.749.7700

​American Red Cross

Twitter: @RedCross
Facebook: @redcross

Photo Location: Santa Rosa

​Wildfire October 2017 Map


Caltrans QuickMap​​​​​ (Mobile Phone Link Here)


The Caltrans QuickMap web page presents several types of real-time traffic inf​ormation layered on a Google Map. The information includes traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, incident reports, Changeable Message Sign (CMS) content, camera snapshots, and active chain control requirements.​​


​N95 Respirator Mask Distribution Points

N95 respirator masks are avaliable at the following County Emergency Operations Centers. N95 masks filter out fine particulate matter. To work as expected, an N95 respirator requires a proper fit to your face. Generally, to check for proper fit, you should put on your respirator and adjust the straps so that the respirator fits tightly but comfortably to your face. For information on proper fit, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
For more information, please visit the Food and Drug Administrations page.

​Butte County OEM
25 County Center Dr , Suite 213
Oroville CA
​Lake County OES
1375 Hoyt Ave.
Lakeport, CA 95453
Mendocino County OES
951 Low Gap Rd.
Ukiah, CA 95482-3764
​Napa County OES
1535 Airport Blvd.
Napa, CA 94558
Nevada County EOC
155 Glasson Way
Grass Valley, CA
​Sonoma County EOC
600 Administration Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
​Yuba County OES
915 8th St., Suite 117
Marysville CA
​FEMA Region IX Office
1111 Broadway, Suite 1200
Oakland, CA 94607
Travis Air Force Base (AFB)
400 Brennan Circle
Travis AFB, CA 94535
​Napa County Airport
State Staging Area (SSA)
2000 Airport Road
Napa, CA 94558
Santa Rosa DRC
427 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401-6313


​Donations and Volunteering

How Can You Help? 

If you would like to donate, cash donations are preferred because they reduce the amount of labor and the expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Relief agencies can use cash to meet survivors’ specific needs more quickly while also supporting local economic recovery. For additional information and easy-to-use tips on avoiding charity scams following a disaster, please visit the California Office of the Attorney General Charities web site​.​


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