Seattle-based Washington Mutual has announced that customers in Southern California who are victims of wildfires in federally declared disaster areas are eligible for various disaster relief programs.WaMu said the programs include accelerated home equity loans at reduced rates, flexible mortgage payment schedules, and penalty-free withdrawals from time deposits. The company also said it is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and collecting additional donations for disaster aid at its branch offices. Mortgage customers in affected areas may call a special fire disaster help line at 800-472-1254. The company can be found online at http://www.wamu.com.

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