On October 25, 2017, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA was making resources available to help rural people and communities recover from the effects of the 2017 California wildfires.

“While the full extent of damage from the current wildfires is not yet known, USDA Rural Development is committed to supporting the recovery of impacted rural communities,” Hazlett said. “We have a variety of assistance rural communities can use during the rebuilding process.”

Rural communities impacted by the fires could receive assistance through the Community Facilities Program to repair or rebuild essential community buildings and infrastructure and replace damaged equipment. USDA also provided relief through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program to help repair or rebuild rural water and wastewater systems in the aftermath of this disaster.

Rural Development helped businesses recover from the damage caused by the wildfires by guaranteeing their business loans with eligible lenders through the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program.

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