Disaster-related assistance may include:
Individuals who were impacted by the fires should apply for FEMA assistance. You can apply in the following ways:
Please have the following information available when you call:
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to help business and residents with the cost of making improvements that protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
Small Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations
For small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace their damaged or destroyed primary residence. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Disaster Hotline: (866) 562-5227
Victims of the Ranch/River Fires may qualify for tax relief from the Internal Revenue Service. Individuals who reside or have a business in Lake County may qualify for tax relief. The IRS automatically identifies taxpayers located in the covered disaster area and applies automatic filing and payment relief. But affected taxpayers who reside or have a business located outside the covered disaster area must call the IRS disaster hotline at (866) 562-5227 to request this tax relief.
Revenue and Taxation Code section 170 provides that if a calamity such as fire, earthquake, or flooding damages or destroys your property, you may be eligible for property tax relief. The loss estimate must be at least $10,000 of current market value to qualify the property for this relief. The property will be reassessed according to its damaged state and property taxes will be adjusted accordingly.
This property tax relief is available to owners of real property, business equipment and fixtures, orchards or other agricultural groves, and to owners of aircraft, boats, and certain mobile homes - it is not available to property that is not assessable, such as state licensed mobile homes or household furnishings. For more information, contact the Lake County Assessor's Office.
California Board of Equalization (BOE)
Questions regarding sales and use, property and special taxes.
Franchise Tax Board
Information on filing disaster and casualty losses on a tax return.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), can be filed online, by phone, by mail, or by fax. The fastest and easiest option for individuals to file claims for UI benefits is online using UI Online.
California Employment Development Department (EDD)
To file a claim by phone, call EDD at one the toll-free numbers between 8am and 12 noon (Pacific Time), Monday through Friday except holidays:
Individuals with current claims for benefits, who are unable to receive their Unemployment Insurance payments at their home due to the disaster or emergency, should contact their local post office.FEMA Disaster Unemployment Fact Sheet
Clearlake: (707) 998-8591
Lakeport: (707) 263-0630
Employment services as EDD’s America’s Job Center of California, also Veterans Services Office at Lakeport location.