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Paradise Issues 1st Rebuild Permit Since The Camp Fire

As Paradise continues the long road to recovery from November’s 8th’s Camp Fire, the first permit to rebuild a home in the town has been issued. The Buzzard Family picked up their permit Thursday. A second couple says they received a permit to rebuild their home. Colleen Corners said she and her husband picked up their building permit Friday. Meanwhile, the Butte Strong Fund Grant Committee approved a $1.5 Million grant that will reduce building and other fees for those who want to rebuild homes lost to the fire. Details are still being worked out by the town council and county supervisors, but $1 Million is set aside for Town of Paradise homeowners, with $500,000 for homeowners in the unincorporated area. The program will cover up to $3,500 in fees per property. Debris removal operations are back in full swing with 80 crews in the field. An additional 10 crews have been added. Debris crews have removed more than 116,000 tons of debris and cleared 401 sites. As of March 18th, FEMA has approved $71.2 Million for Camp Fire survivors in need of disaster assistance, and the SBA has approved low-interest disaster loans tor 3,500 applicants, totaling nearly $392 Million in assistance. The Paradise Irrigation District has asked the state to provide a $21.69 Million one-time appropriation to fund operations and maintenance costs over the next three years.