Disaster Recovery



Erosion Control on burned properties can be a problem. Check out the flyer links for programs that can help through the USDA/NRCS  links below and contacts on the RESOURCES page. 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES FOR ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS WITH  NRCS: Erosion Conrtol help and Ag assistance programs for Grants and Loans. 

Catastrophic Wildfire Assistance on Private land fact sheet -resources

The March 17th deadline is no longer a feasible application processing deadline due to the time and paperwork involved for completion of those application processing windows,

However applications for the June 9th deadline can be accepted and will start to be processed for that additional upcoming program deadline . It takes approximately a month to acheive the application completion status so keep that in mind and get the application started and submitted as soon as possible. photo snippet from erosion picture on NCRS webpage




5 Steps to Assistance



In need of legal service help related to the August Fire Disaster on your property?  


Disaster Legal Services (DLS) provides free legal help to low-income disaster survivors. If you're not able to get adequate legal services for your disaster-related needs, DLS may be able to help.

FEMA provides this service through an agreement with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association (ABA). They may only provide advice for cases that will not generate a fee.

For cases that may generate a fee, the ABA person taking the call can turn them over to the local lawyer referral service.

DLS can help 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

DLS attorneys are not FEMA employees. Their services are confidential and they do not share information with FEMA.

General Program Requirements

To qualify for DLS, you must be a low-income survivor of a presidentially declared disaster.

Application Process

You can call to get a referral to DLS:

  • 1-800-621-3362 (also for 711 & VRS)
  • TTY 1-800-462-7585

When you call, you'll get disaster-specific help and information. You'll also learn how to get other legal help.



Reminder; Low income and disaster grant and loan information can be found on the resources, business resources and rebuilding pages ...

There is also a new document link added below under "helpful Recovery information" for virtual recovery workshops by United Policy Holders. 

Flyer Graphic for Wildfire Insurance and Recovery Survey

Link to United Policyholders California Wildfires 6 mo Survey shown in above graphic





See more information on the Debris Recovery page 

ROE acceptance period through February 15, 2021 has ended. 

enlightened Good Idea: Ask questions about Debris Removal Phases and the status of properties at this phone number  provided by Tetra Tech:Homeowner Contact Line: (530) 767-7013.

Some new information has been added to the Business Resources and Rebuilding pages for the August Fire Recovery .

Several fliers are available to look at involving Water Well Grant resources, Home Repair Loan programs and some financing fact sheets. 





Mendocino National Forest - Home (usda.gov)

     At the left are links to some maps that contain information given by the USFS whose link is provided above. 





Planning for Phase 2 Debris Removal is underway. The County has mailed out Right of Entry forms to property owners and lease lot holders. Phase 2 debris removal requires that propert owners and lease lot holders opt-in to the program by completing and submitting a Right of Entry (ROE) form. Information about Phase 2 debris removal, as well as the ROE form, are available by clicking on the Debris Removal banner on the left of this page.  

Trinity County has been included in the major disaster declaration for the California Wildfires (DR-4558-CA), providing access to Public Assistance and Individual Assistance. FEMA's individual assistance program provides grants to help eligible survivors with financial assistance that may include rent, home repair, home replacement and other disaster-related needs such as childcare, medical and dental expenses. Apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency online at www.disasterassistance.gov; by downloading the FEMA app to a smartphone or tablet; or by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) between 7 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Pacific.

The deadline to register for FEMA Individual Assistance has passed however a continued rental assistance may be available see the continued rental assistance letter link below.

FEMA- Continued rental assistance May be available for AUG fire Survivors News release


If you are a property owner, renter, or lease lot holder and would like more information, please call 530-623-8223 or email hhs.disasterrecovery@trinitycounty.org. Be sure to provide your property address, parcel number (APN), and phone number. 

Helpful Recovery information , Services and forms are listed here :


General information related to fires, rebuilding 



Press Releases:

Press Release - Environmental Health - September 22, 2020.pdf 

Press Release - Clean Air Centers - October 2, 2020 

Press Release - August Complex Damage Assessment - October 6, 2020

Press Release - August Complex Damage Assessment - October 9, 2020

Press Release - Local Assistance Center - October 26, 2020

Press Release - Debris Removal - October 28, 2020 

Press Release - Local Assistance Center - November 2, 2020

Press Release - Potential Water Contamination - November 6, 2020

Press Release (Correction) - Potential Water Contamination - November 9, 2020

Press Release - August Complex Recovery Meeting November, 10,2020

Press Release - Update on Potential Water Contamination - November 13, 2020

Press Release - Disaster Assistance Deadlines - November 20, 2020

Press Release - Debris Removal Reload Site - April 19, 2021