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Financial help announced for Ponderosa Fire evacuees

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OROVILLE, Calif. - The Butte County District Attorney's office announced Thursday that there is financial help available to the victims and evacuees of the Ponderosa Fire through their office.

According to District Attorney Mike Ramsey, the fire was caused by a criminal act which means funds are available through the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB). These funds are available for people who lost their homes, but also those who had to evacuate but still have homes.

CalVCB is a state program dedicated to providing reimbursement for many crime-related expenses to eligible victims who suffer physical injury or the threat of physical injury as a direct result of a violent crime such as arson.

CalVCB funding comes from restitution paid by criminal offenders through fines, orders, penalty assessments and federal funds.

Ramsey said CalVCB reimbursement is available for victims who may need assistance with losses caused by the crime, such as medical and/or dental expenses, (for example, reimbursement for eyeglasses, prescription medication, and dentures destroyed in the fire); and temporary lodging or relocation expenses up to $2,000.

Victims of the Ponderosa Fire Mandatory Evacuation Area are invited to meet with advocates from the Butte County District Attorney - Victim Assistance Bureau at the Local Assistance Center, on Friday, September 8, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Feather Falls Grange, 1834 Lumpkin Road, Feather Falls, California.

Victims are asked to bring identification, proof of residence within the mandatory evacuation zone, such as a PG&E bill, and copies of receipts of losses.

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