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Newsom certifies areas of Camp Fire burn scar as 'rural'

California Governor Gavin Newsom certified the town of Paradise, and other unincorporated areas of Butte County, as 'rural areas' in order to increase assistance eligibility.

Posted: Jul 11, 2019 2:14 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Governor Gavin Newsom certified the town of Paradise, and other unincorporated areas of Butte County, as 'rural areas' in order to increase assistance eligibility.

The certification, which was announced Thursday, makes the communities eligible for loans, grants and technical assistance under rural development programs funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

The USDA defines a "rural area" as any town, village, city or place that has a population of less than 2,500 and that is not part of an urban area. 

“We’re standing with this community for the long haul," Newsom said. "Starting with my first budget action in January that backfilled the County’s lost property taxes, to additional financial support in June’s budget, the state continues to work closely with the community in coordinating the recovery process and planning for the future. I’m grateful to colleagues from the legislature, both state and federal, for their partnership and persistence in finding every dollar available to help Camp Fire survivors.”

A door-to-door survey conducted in April revealed that areas in the Camp Fire burn scar had a significant decrease in population as a result of the Camp Fire. 

“This certification represents a collaboration of all levels of government in order to get people the help they need," said North State Congressman Doug LaMalfa. 

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