New Mexico South Fork Fire and Salt Fire

Page last updated: 07/15/2024

All disasters declared after March 22, 2024, fall under new Individual Assistance (IA) rules. For more information, please see FEMA’s press release here.

New Mexico South Fork Fire and Salt Fire (DR- 4795)

Two wildfires- the South Fork and Salt fires- burned in the state of New Mexico starting on June 17th, 2024. On June 20th, 2024, President Biden declared a major disaster.

People in the following areas are eligible to receive federal disaster assistance:

  • Lincoln County
  • Mescalero Apache Tribe
  • Otero County*
  • Rio Arriba County**
  • San Juan County**

*Otero county was added on June 23, 2024
**Rio Arriba and San Juan Added on July 11, 2024

For the complete press release, please click here.

Important Deadlines

FEMA Application Deadline

Monday, August 19, 2024

Appeal your FEMA decision letter

Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter.

Apply for Disaster Unemployment

Monday August 19, 2024

Apply for D-SNAP

New Mexico will operate its D-SNAP application July 10, 2024 through July 17, 2024. The state will share additional information about D-SNAP application dates and locations through local media.

FEMA Assistance

Applications for FEMA Assistance can be submitted by:

Phone: Contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY users can call 1-800-462-7585.

Online: Fill out the application at

In-Person: You can also fill out the application at a FEMA Disaster Resource Center (DRC).

Mobile Registration Intake Center: MRICs move around regularly. They will be in an area for a short period of time to help survivors who need registration help. Visit FEMA’s Disaster Declaration page to find more information about the Mobile Registration Intake Center locations and hours.

Disaster Recovery Center: To find a Disaster Recovery Center near you, use the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s DRC locator or text “DRC” and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area.

Safety & Shelter Resources

Please check your local news and local officials for the latest safety and shelter resources.

Access information on Safety and Shelter assistance through the resources below.

Access legal aid organizations and other helpful recovery assistance through the resources below.

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