Governor reclassifies Paradise a “rural area” after Camp Fire
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will now classify the city of Paradise, which was largely destroyed by the PG&E-sparked Camp Fire in 2018, as a rural area after the town’s population dropped to less than 10 percent of what it was before the fire.
The move is part of a bid to help Paradise recover. According to the announcement, certifying Paradise and “adjacent unincorporated Butte County” as rural areas, “those communities [are] eligible for loans, grants, and technical assistance under rural development programs funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”
“While the pre-fire population of Paradise was an estimated 26,800, according to the U.S. 2010 Census, a door-to-door survey conducted in April of this year revealed only 2,034 residents remain,” Newsom says.
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