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Camp Fire evacuees face uncertain future at Lime Saddle Campground

Camp Fire evacuees camping on the Lime Saddle Campground off of Pentz Road are not sure how long they will continue to stay.

Posted: Aug 25, 2019 6:41 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Camp Fire evacuees camping on the Lime Saddle Campground off of Pentz Road are not sure how long they will continue to stay.

Some evacuees say they were told to leave by the end of August, but Butte County officials say that's not the case. 

Butte County spokeswoman Casey Hatcher says evacuees can currently stay until October 31.

Through a natural disaster declaration, the county asks FEMA to reimburse it for the expenses of letting people stay at the campground.

Hatcher says the county is actively helping evacuees at the campground, transition back to their properties, relocate to a different RV park and even pay for hauling their trailer.

Hatcher says the site has always been intended as a temporary solution, not the long term.

Once the debris is cleared from a property, Hatcher says evacuees can move back to their plot of land with their RV or trailer.

Many people including Rona Coyae say that even though their property is certified debris cleaned, it's still not habitable. 

As of Sunday - Camp Fire survivors use about 40 RV spots at Lime Saddle - rent-free and free water. 

There's no clear answer about what happens to evacuees if they don't relocate before October 31 at Lime Saddle, which is a state park, not owned by the county.

The state parks public safety chief, Aaron Wright, says that none of those decisions have been made and that it will be discussed with Butte County officials and FEMA in the near future.

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