FEMA’s Major Disaster Declaration was declared on October 10, 2017 for Napa and Sonoma. FEMA is now accepting applications for assistance.
Additionally, Gov. Brown has proclaimed an emergency for Solano, Sonoma, Napa, Yuba, Solano, Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada and Orange counties. California fire victims will be eligible for assistance in the form of income- and property-tax relief for individuals and businesses in most affected counties and federal grants and loans for those in Sonoma and Napa counties.
Check the agencies below for assistance available to fire victims:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Internal Revenue Service – IRS Gives Tax Relief to Victims of California Wildfires; Extension Filers Have Until Jan. 31 to File. This includes the Jan. 16, 2018 deadline for making quarterly estimated tax payments. For individual tax filers, it also includes 2016 income tax returns that received a tax-filing extension until Oct. 16, 2017. The IRS noted, however, that because tax payments related to these 2016 returns were originally due on April 18, 2017, those payments are not eligible for this relief.
- Franchise Tax Board – The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) today announced special tax relief for California taxpayers impacted by wildfires. Affected taxpayers are granted an extension to file 2016 California tax returns and make payments until January 31, 2018.
- State Board of Equalization – You may be eligible to have your property value re-assessed. Owners of damaged property also can apply to have their next property tax payment deferred without penalty or interest until the county assessor has reassessed the property and sent the owner a corrected bill. Contact your local County Assessor for additional information.
Additional resources can be found below:
AirNow – California Air Quality
Air Pollution in California: Real-time Air Quality Index Visual Map
Check the Sonoma County or Napa County government websites for evacuation instructions and shelters.