Where can fire victims apply for help?

The Red Cross has turned a race track into a mega shelter for evacuees fleeing wildfires.

For folks reeling from the ongoing, devastating Northern California fires, here is where you can apply for relief:

The state's Employment Development Department has waived the one-week waiting period for those seeking unemployment benefits in Butte, Lake, Mendocino, Nevada, Orange, Solano, Sonoma and Yuba counties. 

Those injured in the fires may be able to apply for disability insurance as well. All that information can be found here

EDD spokesman Alberto Larios said Local Assistance Centers, where EDD representatives will be available, will be opening over the next few days to assist victims with information. 

Now, a presidential disaster declaration has not been approved as yet. The declaration President Trump approved Oct 10. is for "debris removal and emergency protective measures to the state and eligible local government and certain nonprofit organizations." 

If/when the presidential disaster declaration is approved, fire victims can check FEMA's California Wildfires disaster page for financial assistance information and the state's Individuals and Households Program (IHP). 

That relief could cover everything from rent to funeral expenses. Disaster loans through the federal Small Business Administration would become available as well after a presidential disaster declaration. 

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