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SCU Lightning Complex Fire Recovery and Rebuild

The Department of Planning and Development is here to assist all community members affected by the SCU Lightning Complex Fires. Information regarding the SCU Lightning Complex Fire, addressing properties impacted by the fire, and steps for rebuilding structures and buildings damaged or destroyed by the fire are described below.

Please email our SCU Lightning Complex Fire Recovery Team with questions and/or to request information.

Steps in Recovery

  1. Damage Assessment

    The Department of Planning and Development Staff, in coordination with the County Emergency Operations Center and Cal Fare, are assessing property affected by the SCU Lightning Complex Fire.
  2. Insurance Claims

    Following damage assessment, property owners and residents of property impacted by the Fire should file a claim with your insurance company.

  3. County Assessor - Property Reassessment

    Through this process, the Assessor will initiate reassessment of the property and you may be eligible to defer payment of property taxes. Please visit the County Assessor’s webpage for more information.
    If your property has been substantially damaged or destroyed in a governor-declared disaster, you may qualify to have the installment of your property taxes immediately following the disaster deferred by filing a Property Tax Installment Deferral Claim​.(R&T 194 -194.5)

  4. Assistance


Site Cleanup and Rebuilding

  • Waste and debris management, septic, and wells clean up information can be found at the Department of Environmental Health.
  • Rebuilding of structures destroyed or damaged by the fire requires application and issuance of building permits. Email our Fire Recovery Team​ for more information regarding this process for SCU Lightning Fire rebuilding.

Williamson Act

Many of the properties impacted by the SCU Lightning Complex fire are enrolled in the Williamson Act. More information will be posted here soon regarding recovery efforts for Williamson Act properties. For questions regarding Williamson Act agriculture use, contact the Division of Agriculture, Lori Olsen, at (408) 201-0643.​

Additional Information​

For additional information on the SCU Lightning Complex Fire, visit the Office of Emergency Management. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Last updated: 10/19/2020 5:16 PM