• WalMart, 2044 Forest Ave, Chico
• Lowes, 2350 Forest Ave, Chico
• Chico Mall, near Sears and Logans Roadhouse, 1950 E 20th St, Chico
• KMart, 2155 Pillsbury Rd, Chico
• DeGarmo Park, 199 Leora Ct, Chico
• Oroville Nazarene Church (possibly full) 2238 Monte Vista Ave, Oroville
• Neighborhood Church (possibly full) 2801 Norte Dame Blvd Chico, CA 95928
• Chico Elks Lodge (possibly full) 1705 Manzanita Ave, Chico
• Chester Memorial Hall 22 Gay St. Chester, CA
• Butte County Fairgrounds 199 E. Hazel St. Gridley, CA 95948
• YubaSutter City Fairgrounds 442 Franklin Ave, Yuba City 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite E Oroville, CA
• 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite E, Oroville
• Chico Airport 150 Airpark Blvd Chico, CA
• Butte County Fairgrounds 199 E Hazel St., Gridley
Evacuation and Alternative Living Expenses
Our team has successfully fought to recover money for insured homeowners to compensate them for uninsured losses, including damages related to the stress and inconvenience caused by the fire and being displaced.
Right now, and for the next few months, you will be dealing with all kinds of issues that are not directly related to a lawsuit. For example, handling your insurance coverage, registering with government entities, and dealing with the County for cleanup and permitting. Our group of experienced fire attorneys and staff will help you navigate these issues. You will always have access to someone who can answer your questions and offer assistance.
We DO NOT take anything from your insurance money. Our group of law firms will help you with your insurance claims without taking any portion of your insurance recovery.
To receive compensation for your losses you will need an attorney to help navigate the litigation process. Unfortunately, corporations have nearly unlimited resources and fight hard to minimize payouts to anyone who suffers fire losses. We can hire experts in electrical engineering, metallurgy, fire investigation, tree valuation, erosion, home building, and other areas to establish liability and prove your damages.
Our team has helped many home-owners and renters who did not have insurance at the time of the fire. If the fire was caused by someone’s negligent, careless, or deliberate behavior, then you are entitled to compensation whether or not you had insurance.
Renters who lose all of their possessions in a fire typically have significant personal property losses. It is our experience that most renters do NOT have renters insurance. It is costly to replace furniture, cookware, clothing, and other items that we tend to collect over a lifetime. Renters also have intangible damages related to the stress and anguish caused by the fire and its aftermath.
Most commercial insurance policies covering business will have a component of insurance called Business Interruption Insurance or Coverage. The purpose of this type of coverage is to supplement or replace your business' income during any down time. Depending on your policy limits and the extent of damage to your business, these limits may be exhausted before your business may be able to get back up and running. With the help of our experts, we can assist you in ascertaining and maximizing any business interruption claims. Any losses above and beyond your coverage are those that we would try and recover from a responsible party. As with the homeowners’ claims, we DO NOT take a percentage of recovery of your insurance proceeds. That recovery is yours, and yours alone.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to those affected by the Camp Fire. FEMA grants can be used for things like temporary housing, emergency home repairs, and medical, dental, and other expenses related to the fire. Certain expenses may be income-dependent.
Victims will need the following information:
Even if you apply for FEMA assistance online or by the phone, FEMA suggests visiting a disaster recovery center (once they are established), because other agencies may also be able to provide assistance.
FEMA also advises that those with insurance also submit a claim to their insurer for their home or vehicle, so that residents have that information later in FEMA's process.
Things to Do While Evacuated
Things to Do When You Return to Your Home Lot
*** If your home has been damaged or destroyed by fire, please be sure to wear a high quality protective air mask, gloves, and good boots when you are on your lot, particularly if you are searching for items to recover. The last thing you need is to get sick or injured.
California employment law is complicated but the question that many people affected by the Camp Fire will be asking is ‘Can I receive unemployment assistance’?
If you were laid off due to a lack of work caused by the fire, you may be entitled to unemployment insurance benefits. To file a claim, call the Employment Development Department at 1-800-300-5616 or go to their website to apply online. Their address can be found on our Facebook page ‘Camp Fire Rising’. If it turns out you are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under California law, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has a program called the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program (or “DUA”), which is available to state and local governments after the president has declared an event a disaster. DUA provides unemployment benefits and some reemployment services to people who have become unemployed as a result of a disaster and who are ineligible for regular state unemployment insurance. To be eligible for DUA in the aftermath of the fire, individuals must:
There are other conditions as well:
a) You have had a week of unemployment after the fire began;
b) You are unable to reach your place of employment as a result of the fire;
c) You were scheduled to start work, and the job no longer exists;
d) You became the person who needed to support the household because the head of the household died as a result of the fire;
e) You cannot work because of an injury caused by the fire; or
f) You lost most of your income because the employer’s business was damaged or destroyed.
These benefits can last for up to 26 weeks, as long as your unemployment continues to be a direct result of the fire. The DUA also covers self-employed individuals, owners of farms and ranches, farm workers and ranch workers.