Redding City Council Discusses Carr Fire Cleanup; Time Is Running Out For Residents To Get Help

Sep 19, 2018

The Carr Fire is a 2018 California wildfire that burned in Shasta and Trinity counties.
Credit Eric Coulter / Bureau of Land Management California

Nearly 260 of the more than 1,000 homes lost in the Carr Fire were within the city limits of Redding. At Tuesday night’s city council meeting an update was given on the cleanup process.

The council granted City Manager Barry Tippin’s request to continue a local state of emergency which allows him to sign contracts for cleanup and infrastructure repair without council approval.  It also allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse the city for a majority of the expenses involved. Residents who lost homes only have until the end of the month to opt in or out of cleanup by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. 

Tippin said letters were sent out this week reminding property owners of the deadline. He also gave an update on bridge and culvert repair on the city’s trail system.

“FEMA is doing field reviews to determine what is the extent of the project that it needs to restore and from that we will determine our reimbursement eligibility,” he said.

The council also got an update from Chelsea Irvine of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) who said that while things are winding down, those who have not done so should still sign up for loans with FEMA and the SBA as the deadline is October 3rd.

“A lot of people are in this kind of pile where we think we have insurance and we think we’re fully insured, well we’ve learned from that wine country fire now that we’re nine months into the recovery and they’re finding that there is that gap,” she said.

Loans from the SBA start at 1.938 percent.