Camp Fire Butte County Resources

Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) is a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low income residents and seniors affected by the Camp Fire. If you have a legal issue, please feel free to reach out to us by phone at 530-345-9491 or 800-345-9491, or in-person at our office located at 541 Normal Avenue in Chico. If you need help outside of normal business hours, please call our after hours line at 866-815-5990.

Upcoming Community Workshop / Know Your Rights Event:  Free Trusts and Estate Planning Workshop for Residents Affected by the Camp Fire.  LSNC Chico Office, 541 Normal Avenue, Chico on Saturday, January 26th.  You must have an appointment to attend.  Please call our offices at 530-345-9491 or 1-800-345-9491 to make an appointment.  

Immediate Needs:

Shelter Location (open as of 1/15/19): 

  • Silver Dollar Fairgrounds, 2357 Fair Street, Chico - Red Cross is planning on closing the shelter on 1/31/19.  The community is currently exploring options to keep the shelter open or providing additional housing options.  

RV and Trailer Parking:  All of the RV and trailer parking lots are currently full.  Please contact the Red Cross to be put on a waiting list.  

Emergency Cash Assistance:  United Way is accepting applications for emergency funding to households who lost their homes in the fire.  Please go to United Way's website for more information, including a link to the application and a list of required documents. 

Legal Needs:

LSNC is here to help low income residents and seniors affected by the Camp Fire with civil legal issues related to housing, health care, government benefits, and the following disaster-related issues:  

  • FEMA benefitsThe last day to apply for FEMA benefits is January 31, 2019.  You can apply by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center, FEMA's website, or by calling 800-621-3362.
  • Expedited unemployment benefits for displaced workers who lived or worked in the disaster area.  This includes workers who were self-employed.  The last day to apply for unemployment benefits due to the Camp Fire is March 15, 2019.  
  • Expanded benefits for CalWORKs recipients, including homeless assistance and immediate need payments.  For a full list of disaster-related enhanced benefits, click here 
  • Expedited access to CalFRESH benefits, also known as Food Stamps
  • Illegal rent increases for tenants living in the disaster area
  • Legal information for renters with units that were destroyed, redtagged, damaged, or who were forced to evacuate 
  • Insurance claims for low income renters or homeowners
  • Medi-Cal and Medicare disaster-related benefits, including medication and durable medical equipment replacement

Local Assistance Center (LAC) and Disaster Relief/Recovery Center (DRC): 

The DRC opened on Friday, November 16th at the former Sears store location at 1982 E. 20th Street in Chico. Those affected by the Camp Fire can receive a wide variety of services at one location, including replacing identification documents, benefits applications, and legal services.  On November 25th, a second DRC opened at 2140 Feather River Blvd. in Oroville.  Both DRCs are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.  

If you need any official records from Butte County, please call the Clerk at 530-538-7691.  

Disaster Declarations:

To qualify for additional protections, relief, and other benefits, you must living or working in or near a disaster area as designated by the State and/or Federal Government.  Proof of the Camp Fire's designation is linked below:

State of California's Disaster Declaration on November 8, 2018 (Governor's Office site)

Federal Disaster Declaration on November 12, 2018 (FEMA site)

Do you need something else?  Please contact Butte County's 2-1-1 line if you are located in Butte or Glenn Counties.  If you are calling from outside of Butte or Glenn Counties, call 1-866-916-3566 for assistance or visit Butte County Recovers website.  

Pro Bono Volunteers: 

LSNC is seeking private attorneys who live within driving distance of the Camp Fire who would like to volunteer their time to assist low income people affected by the fire.  Please contact our Pro Bono Coordinator at [email protected] for additional information.