Camp Fire Oral History Project

Apr 15, 2019

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As a result of the 2018 Camp Fire, the town of Paradise has been demolished and the community has been dispersed throughout the North State region and across California. For the purposes of documenting the Camp Fire from the perspectives of the individuals who experienced the natural disaster, the Camp Fire Oral History Project (CFOHP) will capture and preserve the voices of survivors affected by the November 2018 disaster. The CFOHP will gather the stories of those directly impacted by the disaster, evacuees and first responders, together in a central location.

This project is a collaboration between the North State Public Radio, the California State University, Chico Sociology Department, and the Meriam Library Special Collections and University Archives.

These recordings will be made publicly accessible for future research purposes and preserved for posterity at the CSU Chico Meriam Library in the Special Collections and University Archives Department. All persons interviewed for the CFOHP will sign a consent form/ deed of gift. All interviews conducted shall be no longer than 2 hours in length of time. The team will gather oral histories throughout the year following the Camp Fire disaster, and the gathering phase will close in December 2019.

To participate, please click this link and fill out the web form and you will be contacted shortly by Sarah Bohannon (NSPR), Dr. Marianne Paiva (SOC), or Stefani Baldivia (ML).

If you have any follow up questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to Stefani Baldivia either by calling 530-898-6778 or emailing,