Oak Fire: Assistance Center Set Up at Mariposa County High School

MARIPOSA COUNTY, California (KFSN) — For the hundreds of people who have been displaced or lost everything in the Oak Fire, help is on the way.

A local assistance center has been established at Mariposa County High School.

Inside, there are about 40 businesses, organizations, and local and government agencies with stalls offering everything from food and water to shovels and buckets to help sift the ashes.

The school district has information for parents and is handing out backpacks as children prepare to go back to school.

The DMV has a booth to help people replace any identification they lost in the fire.

The insurance department assists people with living expenses and insurance disputes.

And the county’s arbitration office helps residents replace lost or damaged birth, death, and marriage certificates.

“This is also the fastest way to get some of these services up and running. You can start today so you don’t have to wait long to get replacement records or information or services,” Lizz Darcy told the Ministry of Public Health of Mariposa County.

On Monday, many people took the opportunity to talk to environmental health and the planning and construction departments about clearing their properties and beginning the rebuilding process.

Action News spoke to several Mariposa County residents who were grateful to have all this help in one place.

Officials say the goal is to provide a one-stop shop for everyone affected by the Oak Fire. It can be traumatic to talk about the experience and loss over and over, so this help center will help people avoid dozens of phone calls to get their lives back on track.

In total, more than 100 families have lost their homes, but it is estimated that a third of the county’s population has ever been evacuated. These resources are also there for them.

The Local Assistance Center will be back at Mariposa County High School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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