FEMA Now Assisting Valley Fire Victims

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MIDDLETOWN --

Danielle Fletcher is on the move again.

"It was a horrible experience, we ran from the fire three different times," Fletcher said.

She ran from flames less than two weeks ago when the Valley Fire tore through Cobb. Now with no place to go, she's running from one evacuation center to the next.

"I'm laughing, I've never laughed so hard, then I'm crying," Fletcher said.

The Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga have emptied. The temporary shelter closes at 10 a.m. Thursday.

As Fletcher and hundreds of other newly homeless evacuees scramble to get their lives in order, the federal government is stepping in to help.

"We can and we will make this better. I've seen it time and time again, disaster after disaster," said Mark Ghilarducci, director of Cal OES.

President Obama has declared the destructive fire a major disaster.

"It's really a focus on the immediate needs beyond what Red Cross and others are doing. It's where you need to stay, where you need to go, and if you don't have insurance, how can we help you?" said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

Anything helps because so many Lake County residents are struggling to put their lives back in order.

Officials estimate that 3,000 people are newly homeless because of the Valley Fire.

FEMA is encouraging anyone who needs assistance to register here, or by calling 1 (800) 621-3362.