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Local Assistance Center opens Friday for Fawn Fire survivors

Damage from the Fawn Fire.

Shasta County residents who’ve been affected by the Fawn Fire will have a centralized location to go for recovery resources starting Friday. The Local Assistance Center will offer fire survivors a slew of resources to aid in their recovery.

Public Information Officer for the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Tim Mapes said the county has learned from past fires that this type of center can be helpful for survivors who have many agencies to navigate.

“We have found since the Carr Fire and the Zogg Fire, and now with the Fawn, that a Local Assistance Center is so crucial because, you know, a lot of these folks, you know, had to evacuate at a moment's notice and essentially lost everything,” Mapes said. “It can be kind of daunting trying to figure out where exactly you have to go to replace all of the documentation that you may need to start on that road to recovery.”

Mapes encourages everyone affected by the fire to take advantage of the center while it’s open, he said.

“It's doable without a Local Assistance Center, but these are all different agencies that you know, you're really going to have to, you know, navigate the checkerboard to get there,” Mapes said. “A Local Assistance Center will allow them to do that in a very time effective way.”

Resources at the center include housing assistance, referrals for unmet needs following a disaster and information to aid in hazardous materials clean-up, permitting and rebuilding.

It’s recommended to bring a photo ID, household income information and insurance documents. If needed, the DMV will be available to duplicate photo IDs and drivers’ licenses.

Other service providers who will be on-site include:

  • California Department of Insurance 
  • California Employment Development Department 
  • Contractors State Licence Board 
  • Franchise Tax Board 
  • Shasta County Health & Human Services Agency 

Hours and location:
Shasta Lake Community Center
4499 Main Street
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
Friday, Oct. 8 to Monday, Oct. 11