Firefighters began battling multiple wildfires on October 8, 2017, in numerous counties across the entire state, prompting mass evacuations. Thousands of acres burned and threatened infrastructure as strong winds fueled the fast-moving fires. Below are resources to help those affected by those fires. If business owners have any questions or require assistance with their business, please contact GO-Biz
For weekly updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), visit FEMA Updates.
Office of Emergency Services
Cal OES maintains up-to-date
information as to the status of the California wildfires.
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Get the latest fire summary from CAL FIRE on the nearly two dozen large
fires that have started in California since Sunday, October 9, 2017. Visit
for information daily.
According to the EDD, Employers directly affected by a disaster may
request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state
payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest.
Federal Disaster Unemployment
For workers or self-employed individuals who lost jobs or had to work
hours substantially reduced as a result of the wildfires in Butte, Lake,
Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Sonoma, and Yuba counties may be able to
receive Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits. Apply for DUA
benefits online through EDD by using
According to FTB, California taxpayers impacted
by Wildfires are granted an extension to file 2016 California tax returns and
make payments until January 31, 2018. For more information, visit
California Infrastructure and Economic Development
IBank was created
in 1994 to finance public infrastructure and private
development that promote a healthy climate for jobs, contribute to a
strong economy and improve the quality of life in California communities. Their loan program information that may be of assistance during this time is below.
- CA Small Business Loan Guarantee
- The SBLGP, through non-profit Financial Development
Corporations (FDCs), issues loan guarantees and partners with eligible lenders
to finance small businesses that experience capital access barriers.
- Jump Start Loan Program - The
Jump Start Loan Program (Jump Start) helps small businesses in low-wealth
communities start, grow, and thrive. Jump Start provides microloans, technical
assistance and financial literacy training.
- Farm Loan Program - The Farm
Loan Program supports direct loans to small farms through participating
Financial Development Corporations (FDCs). Loans are 90% guaranteed by the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Serviced Agency (FSA).
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term
disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations,
homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/under-insured disaster
damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer a affordable way for individuals and
businesses to recover from declared disasters.
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA)
The CDTFA is offering tax relief to those impacted by the fires throughout the state. Tax and fee payers for the identified programs can request relief from penalties and/or interest and ask for an extension of time to file their tax or fee returns either by visiting CDTFA or by calling CDTFA's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711). Visit CDTFA Offers Tax Relief for Businesses Impacted by Fires for further details.
According to BOE, if your property has
been damaged by the recent fires, you may be eligible for property tax relief.
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)
The ABC is committed to being as flexible as possible with
those businesses with ABC licenses who have been affected by the recent
wildfires in California. View the
North Bay Fires Information for ABC Licensees
Question and Answer sheet for helpful information.
Department of Motor Vehicles
The DMV is offering limited
services to residents affected by the wildfires raging across the state. Fire
victims who need to replace lost or damaged DMV-related documents can do so
free of charge at assistance centers in the impacted areas. For more
information including locations for these services, visit
DMV Assists CA
USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development delivers a number of programs to help improve the
quality of life in rural communities throughout the nation. These programs may
also help rural communities, businesses and individuals impacted by a disaster
such as fire, drought, or earthquakes.
For additional resources and information on applying for any of the
programs, view the fact sheet:
Rural Development Disaster Assistance.