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Red Cross Will Not Close Shelter When the Fairgrounds Lease Expires

Many are worried about what will happen to evacuees when the Silver Dollar Fairground's lease with the county expires on Jan. 31.

Posted: Jan 1, 2019 12:25 PM
Updated: Jan 1, 2019 4:50 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - There are more than 700 Camp Fire evacuees living at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds shelter and many are worried about what will happen to evacuees when the fairground's lease with the county expires on Jan. 31.

Action News Now spoke with Red Cross External Affairs Officer Barbara Weber who said that they will not close the shelter on the expiration date. 

She said that the date was decided just after the fire started and was made purely for planning purposes. Even though the lease is expiring, it does not mean that the shelter will actually close on that day. 

"The Red Cross does not have a contract with the fairgrounds," Weber said. "In fact, it's the state that has a contract with the fairgrounds and the Red Cross will continue to operate the shelter for as long as there are clients in need of our services."

She also said that when they will continue to care for people living in the shelters and eventually help everyone transition into a more stable living environment. 

"There is no set date to shut down," she said. "We will not pick up stakes and leave until we've helped everyone transition into a more stable living environment, We're very committed to the people here."

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