This page has recovery information for residents and businesses impacted by the Oak Fire. For links to track the fire itself, go to the main fire page at http://jennasworkshop.com/2022-oak-fire/
Last updated on 08/10/2022 at 8:30am PDT
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NOTE: Resources are continuing to become available.
I will update with more information here as it is released.
Contact Mariposa’s Emergency Operations Center
Call (209) 966-2000 for assistance with food, rental assistance and to answer questions. Counseling services are also available if you need someone to talk to.
*NEW* Receive Assistance at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Bootjack
The following items will be available from August 10th-August 31st at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Bootjack:
– Personal hygiene items for adults & kids
– Kitchen and other household items,
– Food resources
– Clothing, Shoes, Towels & Linens, among other items.
Monday through Friday ~ 1:00pm-7:00pm
5089 Cole Road, Mariposa, CA 95338
PLEASE come to the MSF office (4983 8th Street in Mariposa) prior to going to the New Life Christian Fellowship Church. Mariposa Safe Families will provide a VOUCHER to all community members who quality for these support needs. *The VOUCHER is REQUIRED* If you have any questions, please contact MSF at 209-966-2211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details in this Facebook post.
Visit Mariposa County Recovers Webpages
Learn About Debris Removal Support
An important note for those whose homes have been lost or damaged: DO NOT attempt to clean up burned debris on your own. Mariposa Co HHS and Cal OES will assist with debris removal. More info here: http://www.mariposacounty.org/2644/Returning-After-the-Fire. CalOES will assist with case managers to advise on next steps, to avoid creating any situations that allow an insurance company to walk away from their obligation to fund your recovery efforts.
Find Community Support
There are a multitude of offers of support from the mountain communities for those displaced by the Oak Fire. Here are a few Facebook groups that I’m aware of that are coordinating support, but there are surely many more out there (search “Oak Fire assistance” on your favorite social media platform for more results):
- Official Red Cross Support
- Mountain Fire & Emergency
- Mountain to Mountain Support Crew
- Talk of the Hill
Take Care of Your Mental Health
It is important to remember that anxiety, sadness, and trouble sleeping are common responses to traumatic events. The effect of a disaster or traumatic event goes far beyond its immediate devastation. It takes time for survivors to grieve and rebuild individual and family lives. Please know that you are not alone and support is available.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline
Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and Spanish)
SMS English: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
SMS Spanish: Text Hablanos al 66746
SAMHSA Website: English Version | Spanish Version
Replace Important Documents
If you lost items such as Drivers License/ID cards, Vehicle Registration, Birth/Death/Marriage Certificates, etc. due to the Oak Fire, you can request replacements from the proper agencies at no cost (read the full CA disaster declaration for details).
Mariposa County has a page with info on replacing your documents: http://www.mariposacounty.org/2649/Vital-Documents-Recovery
For information on replacing important documents lost in the fire, go to CalOES’s page on Replacing Personal Documents after a Natural Disaster.
Get Help From Elected Officials
Bigelow and Patterson are offering their support if state agencies are taking too long with their assistance. You can call their offices and have staff follow up with agencies on your behalf. Patterson also has an Oak Fire info page: https://ad23.asmrc.org/wildfire-recovery-resources-oak-fire-victims
Contact Your Insurance Company
If you have suffered losses from the Oak Fire and are insured, you should first contact your insurance company and file a claim for disaster-related damages. Once you are able to access your property, take photographs or video of the damage and keep any receipts related to home repair. Per CalOES, insurance delivers the majority of financial help in disasters.
Contact the County Assessor’s Office
If your home was substantially damaged or destroyed, you should file a disaster relief claim with the county assessor within 12 months. More information on how this can help you is available on the CA Board of Equalization website (make sure to click through all four tabs under Disaster Relief to see all the information).
Read this Sierra News Online article about resources for Evacuees
Check Out These Additional Resources
- Top 10 Tips for Wildfire Claimants (CA Insurance Commissioner)
- Red Cross: Guide to Picking Up the Pieces after a Disaster
- Red Cross: Disasters – Recovering Financially
- CalFire: Post-Wildfire Resources
- CalFire: Returning Home After a Wildfire Pamphlet
- After Wildfire: A Guide for California Communities
POSSIBLE FUTURE RESOURCES
Here are some resources that may be available at a future date, once the overall impact of the Oak Fire has become more apparent:
CalOES Wildfire Recovery Resources
The site currently contains only 2021 fire information, but as a state of emergency has been declared for Mariposa County due to the Oak Fire, more resources may be added to that page in the future.
If the Oak Fire receives a federal disaster declaration, FEMA will offer resources including financial assistance. I will provide more details here if/when that happens.