FEMA Provides Temporary Housing to Butte, Valley Fire Victims

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The Valley and Butte wildfires burned a combined 150,000 acres and destroyed 1,755 homes, leaving thousands homeless.

“All disasters are devastating, whether it happened to a hundred people or a hundred-thousand, in this case it was particularly devastating because the fire rampaged and burned everything in sight,” FEMA spokesperson Victor Inge said.

Since President Barack Obama declared parts of Lake and Calaveras counties disaster areas, millions of federal dollars have been coming in. Some of that will be used for temporary housing.

Right now, 60 mobile homes are sitting at McClellan Park and FEMA will decide which families qualify.

“The purpose is to take these units and allow families who have lost everything to have an opportunity to have a place to stay, preferably that is close to their property so they can begin to put their lives back together,” Inge told FOX40.

The temporary housing units are about 8 to 14 feet wide and range in one to three bedrooms. They each come furnished with beds, a sofa, a kitchen table, a refrigerator and lighting. The bathrooms include a flushing toilet and a shower.

FEMA insists these mobile homes are different from the so-called “FEMA Trailers,” which released toxic levels of formaldehyde — leading to a $43 million settlement with Hurricane Katrina survivors.

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