Congressman Salud Carbajal releases updated Disaster Recovery Guide. Click here for the updated recovery guide..

A message from Congressman Salud Carbajal:

Our region has experienced one of the worst fires in California’s history. The Thomas Fire forced thousands of

people to evacuate their communities, destroyed thousands of homes, and left many families with nothing.

The Thomas Fire, which started on December 4th, 2017, has burned more than 272,000 acres. The fire has destroyed over a thousand structures, many of which are homes. Thousands of people were displaced and a Cal Fire engineer from San Diego died battling the blaze.

Severe rainfall following the Thomas Fire created devastating mudslides in Montecito, California on January 10th, 2017. At least 20 residents were killed in the storm and more than 500 homes were destroyed in the slide.

Funds from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be available to help individuals rebuild, repair and replace housing and other personal property not covered by insurance.

Individuals who were impacted by the fires or storm should apply for FEMA assistance. You can apply in the following ways:

  • Online at; (Spanish)
  • Via smartphone at; (Spanish)
  • Constituents may call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speechdisability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 orVideo Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
  • Visit a Disaster Recovery Center