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SCU Lightning Complex Wildfires

On September 28, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) amended the major disaster declaration for the State of California. Santa Clara County has now been added to the federal declaration allowing those impacted by the SCU Lightning Complex Wildfire to receive federal public assistance and individual assistance.


SCU Lightning Complex Wildfires – Incident Information

September 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

CAL FIRE and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection have announced that all evacuation orders in Santa Clara County have been lifted. You can view the preliminary Damage Assessment Map of the SCU burn area in Santa Clara County by clicking the box below.

Damage Assessment Map for Santa Clara County

  • Santa Clara County Road Closures for County maintained roads only.
  • Please go to: www.tinyurl.com/scu-evacmap for an online evacuation map.
  • For continuous incident updates, follow CAL FIRE SCU Twitter.
  • CAL FIRE Incident Information Line for SCU Lightning Complex Fire:  (916) 618-3195 or (669) 247-7431
  • For all Red Cross disaster response and recovery services, or for additional information about emergency sheltering, recovery casework, shelf-stable meals, emergency, and recovery supplies, financial assistance, disaster health services, disaster mental health services, and spiritual care services: Call: 1-800-REDCROSS or visit: redcross.org/GetHelp.
    If you are a Santa Cruz Resident, staying in a Santa Clara County hotel and have questions or need services, please contact Santa Cruz County assistance hotline: (831) 454-2181 or email [email protected]
  • For additional information and resources, please call: (408) 808-7778 (8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday), after 5:00 pm and on weekends, please call 211.


CAL FIRE Safety Message

The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and any evacuation warnings. If you see electrical wires on the ground, stay clear and contact PG&E immediately. Trees and poles with deep charring, particularly if still smoking, should be considered hazardous. Please drive slowly and yield to emergency personnel in the area. As you reenter your property and evaluate damage, be aware that hazardous conditions may exist, particularly if a residence or outbuilding has burned.​


Caltrans Traffic Advisory

September 5, 2020

Caltrans and the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office have reopened the section of State Route 130 (SR-130)/ San Antonio Valley Road between Quimby Road in Santa Clara County to the Stanislaus County line to local traffic only with the assistance of California Highway Patrol(CHP) and other first responders.

SR-130/ San Antonio Valley Road will remain closed to through traffic until Monday, September 14, 2020 as crews from different agencies will continue fire clean up along State Route 130 within the area that was affected by the SCU Lightning Complex. The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office lifted the evacuation orders in that area at 10:00 AM on Saturday, September 5, 2020, which has allowed residents to re-enter their homes. Read full news release.


Disaster Assistance Program

If your home or property was damaged by the recent wildfires, help is available. Santa Clara County residents affected by the SCU Lightning Complex Wildfire can apply for federal disaster assistance.

Residents can apply online at Disaster Assistance Program or visit an in-person registration location. The registration process will take approximately 20 minutes. The deadline to apply is December 11, 2020.


3 Ways to Apply

  1. Online: Disaster Assistance Program
  2. Download the FEMA App
  3. Call: 800-621-FEMA (3362)


QUESTIONS?

If you have questions, please contact the FEMA Disaster Assistance Helpline, available seven days a week from 7:00 am – 1:00 am ET.

FEMA Disaster Assistance Helpline: 1-800-621-3362, TTY: 1-800-462-7585


Know Your Rights

Contact FEMA’s Disaster Legal Service for assistance with the following:

  • Insurance claims for medical bills, loss of property, and loss of life
  • New wills, powers of attorney, and other legal papers lost during the disaster
  • Home-repair contracts and contractors
  • Problems with landlords
  • Proof of home ownership
  • FEMA appeals


OTHER DISASTER AND RECOVERY RESOURCES:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has established a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to help homeowners and renters.

Mondays – Fridays
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
[email protected]
(916) 735-1500

For additional resources related to the California Wildfires, visit the FEMA website.


FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Property owners don’t have to bear all the risk themselves, because mudflow coverage is part of a standard policy from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Take action now and protect yourself with an NFIP policy, which offers flood insurance coverage to property owners, renters and business owners. The maximum coverage available for a residential building is $250,000 and $100,000 for contents. Non-residential (commercial) structures are eligible for maximum coverage of $500,000 on the building and $500,000 on contents. For additional information and to purchase an NFIP policy, contact your insurance agent today.

Generally, there is a 30-day waiting period before an NFIP policy becomes effective. Those at risk of flooding or mudflows are encouraged to buy flood insurance now as winter rains will soon be here.

For more information on the NFIP or to locate an insurance agent, you may contact the Help Center at:  1-877-336-2627 or visit: FloodSmart.gov.


Hazardous Waste and Debris Management

Many who have lost their homes or suffered damage from the SCU Lightning Complex fires want to begin the rebuilding process as soon as possible. However, it is critical that this work be done safely. The County Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has prepared this information to provide you with an overview of debris management operations and requirements.


Wildfire Recovery – Phase I | Debris Removal Survey

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is leading the survey, removal, and disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) at properties affected by the SCU Lightning Complex fires in Santa Clara County.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency will send reconnaissance teams into the affected areas to assess parcels for hazardous trees, identify access issues, and identify any additional properties that should be included in their assessment. Phase I assessment is at no cost to property owners.

For more information please call the EPA Hotline at 415-793-8794.

Download the Santa Clara Household Hazardous Waste Factsheet.

If your property was damaged or destroyed in the SCU Lightning Complex Wildfire but are unsure if your property will be surveyed, search for your address on the EPA StoryMap to look up your address.

If your property is not shown as damaged but you have fire damaged or destroyed buildings – even small structures, call the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health’s Wildfire hotline at (408) 918-3411.

Visit the Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health for more information.

2020 Consolidated Wildfire Debris Removal Program Fact Sheet

Debris Removal Program FAQ


Floods Follow Fires

Having survived a tough season of wildfires, many Santa Clara County property owners must now contend with the risk of flooding and mudflow as a consequence of the compromised landscapes affected by the SCU Lightning Complex Wildfire.

Wildfires destroy vegetation that supports and strengthens hillsides. Without plants to hold the earth in place, even a small amount of rain can start a mudflow. This can happen quickly and with little warning.

Get flood ready! Visit Santa Clara Valley Water District for more flood protection resources.

Sandbag distribution sites are located throughout the County of Santa Clara. During storm events, the sites may only be stocked with sand and empty bags. While shovels are provided at these sites, you may want to bring one with you just in case.

Read our public letter to properties threatened by Winter Storms.


Health and Safety


Recovery Resources


How You Can Help

  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation has established a fund to support community-based organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties who are working directly with individuals and families impacted by the fires: www.siliconvalleycf.org/san-mateo-santa-clara-fire-relief.
  • Contact your local food bank for ways to help. Donations of household goods can be made to the normal agencies or organizations that accept these goods. Please do not drop off donations at evacuation sites or Fire Base Camps. These sites have sufficient resources at this time.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between an evacuation order and warning?
    • Evacuation Order – Immediate threat to life. This is a lawful order to leave now. The area is lawfully closed to public access.
    • Evacuation Warning – Potential threat to life and/or property. Those who require additional time to evacuate and those with pets and livestock should leave now.
  • If there were a need to evacuate, how would I be notified?
    • Emergency Alert - via cellular and landline phone. Ensure you are registered to receive emergency alerts at www.alertscc.org.
    • Social Media - messages will be issued via Nextdoor, Twitter, and Facebook.
    • Law Enforcement – Depending on the urgency of the evacuation and available resources, law enforcement may canvas neighborhoods and broadcast an evacuation message via loudspeaker.

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