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07:41  12 july  2019
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Paradise is a town in Butte County, California , United States in the Sierra Nevada foothills above the northeastern Sacramento Valley. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 26,218.

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A northern California town has lost over 90% of its population since the nation's deadliest wildfire in nearly a century last year, new figures show.

Door-to-door surveyors counted 2,034 residents in Paradise as of April, according to data released Thursday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. The retirement community in the Sierra Nevada foothills was home to about 26,800 people in 2010.

Also Thursday, Newsom certified Paradise as a rural area to make the town eligible for loans, grants and assistance under federally funded rural development programs.

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The worst wildfire California has ever seen has destroyed the once-lush forest town of Paradise , leaving an unfathomable trail of death and destruction in its wake. High winds and dry conditions sent the flames raging through Paradise , a city of 27,000 nearly 90 miles north of Sacramento.

60 Minutes reveals what firefighters saw as the deadliest wildfire in California history destroyed the town of Paradise . About 95 percent of Paradise was lost ; its smaller neighbors, Concow and Magalia, were all The Camp Fire destroyed just about everything in Paradise . After fires like this

The development came the same day lawmakers approved a bill changing how the state pays for wildfire damage caused by utilities. Newsom is expected to sign it Friday, approving the creation of a fund of up to $21 billion that could help pay out claims related to blazes sparked by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp, such as through downed power lines.

Northern California town of Paradise lost 90% of its population after Camp Fire, data shows© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc.

As wildfire season kicks off again, supporters of the bill cited a need to provide financial certainty to the state’s investor-owned utilities, including PG&E, which declared bankruptcy amid lawsuits related to wildfires.

The Camp Fire killed 85 people as it burned across 153,000 acres for more than two weeks last November. About 14,000 residences were destroyed, but some have started rebuilding. Officials issued the first permits to rebuild two homes in March.

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The Camp Fire , which incinerated the town of Paradise , California Paradise , home to some 27,000 residents, has become the ground zero for the wildfire tearing through Northern California . Below are before and after images from Paradise showing the level of devastation the town has suffered.

A California fire official says a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California has destroyed structures PARADISE , CA - NOVEMBER 08: Firefighters battle the Camp Fire on Silvera Court in Paradise The region attracted early gold miners and loggers whose fortunes rose and fell along with its ore and

Although some wildfire survivors welcomed the legislation's provisions they say will allow them to fight for greater compensation, several lawmakers raised concerns that utility customers will be footing the bill for fires ignited by PG&E.

Under the legislation, customers will pay $10.5 billion to the fund that will cover costs from wildfires ignited by the equipment of participating electric utilities. Customers will contribute to the fund through a 15-year extension of an existing fee on monthly electricity bills.

“It is hard not to see this bill as something of a reward for monstrous behavior," said Assemblymember Marc Levine, a Democrat from San Rafael who voted against the legislation. "They haven’t done the work. They should not be rewarded."

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PG&E did not take a formal position on the bill. Spokesman Lynsey Paulo said the utility is committed to resolving victims’ claims and reducing wildfire risks.

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“Historically the town of Paradise has had a higher population of retirees and elderly folks,” the police chief, Eric Reinbold, said. “There are some elderly folks that have given up driving and they rely on public transportation, they could have had transportation issues.” Not on the list of the missing are

The " Camp Fire " in Northern California is raging north of the state capital of Sacramento, and the California issues warning about air quality. Search teams in the area of the Camp Fire are dealing with It has lost 47 percent of its value since the fire broke out last week. The company said it has

To use the fund, companies would need to meet safety standards set by state regulators. Major utilities must also spend at least $5 billion combined on safety improvements.

The state’s three major utilities — PG&E, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric — could also contribute an additional $10.5 billion to create a larger insurance fund of at least $21 billion.

Legislators supporting the bill say they will continue to develop additional wildfire prevention and home protection policies.

“No one has ever said this bill is going to be the silver bullet or fix all but it does take us in dramatic leaps to where we can stabilize California,” said Assemblyman Chris Holden, a Democrat from Pasadena and one of the bill’s authors.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Northern California town of Paradise lost 90% of its population after Camp Fire, data shows

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