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FEMA Discusses Next Steps In Butte Fire Recovery

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Cal Fire says the Butte Fire burned 475 residences, 343 outbuildings and 45 other structures.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Now that President Obama has added Calaveras County to the Disaster Declarations for the Valley and Butte fires, FEMA is urging people to register for assistance.

Tim Scranton with FEMA was among the federal and state officials who discussed the next steps for Butte Fire recovery efforts at a news conference today. Scranton says the first step is getting people whose houses burned down into FEMA's system. 

"We have what's called case management because we know that this is going to be a long term recovery for those survivors going from hotels to apartments to longer term living," says Scranton.

He says the most anyone will be able to receive to rebuild is: $32,900. 

"I do have to be up front with you and very candid," says Scranton "that is the maximum allowable amount that is offered through our particular program."

But Scranton says faith-based charities and other community groups may offer additional assistance.

FEMA has deployed Disaster Assistance Teams to canvass the county and register people when they find them.

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