(For information and resources for the CZU August Lightning Complex Fires, visit: www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/FireResources.aspx.)
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.
Community Information, Updates, and Recovery Resources
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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.
- 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
- 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 November 23, 2020.
3 Ways to Apply
Online: Disaster Assistance Program
Download the FEMA App
Call: 800-621-FEMA (3362)
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.
For additional resources related to the California Wildfires, visit the FEMA website.
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.
Health and Safety
- Disaster or Calamity Relief, Office of the Assessor, County of Santa Clara
- Rebuilding in Santa Clara County after the SCU Lightning Complex Fire, Department of Planning and Development
- Disaster Assistance Programs At A Glance, United States Department of Agriculture
- Fire Recovery Assistance from the California Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture
- Disaster Assistance Livestock Forage Disaster Program, Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture
- Livestock Indemnity Program, Farm Service Agency, United States Department of Agriculture
- Post-Disaster Fire Assistance, Natural Resources Conservation Services California, United States Department of Agriculture
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.
Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
County of Santa Clara Corporation Yard
47365 San Antonio Valley Road, Livermore, CA 94550