Finally Back Home After The Camp Fire, But In New Abode 

Jul 1, 2019

Damage from last November's Camp Fire.
Credit Marc Albert




While the address hasn’t changed, just about everything else has. 


There wasn’t much left after the Camp Fire roared through a vast area of Butte County. Close to eight months later, county officials are celebrating a milestone of sorts. 


Final inspections are finished on the first new post-fire home in unincorporated Butte County. 


County Spokeswoman Casey Hatcher said it’s great news for Kathy and Richard Townes, and a morale booster for the entire community.   


“They’re the first family to rebuild,” Hatcher said. “That home was burnt in the Camp Fire, and so we’re really excited for them to be back up in Magalia and I think they actually plan to move in this week.”  


Hatcher said about half of the roughly $2,000 in building permit fees for the two-bedroom, two-bath manufactured home will be returned to the family by the Butte Strong Fund.   


As of late last week, 19 other building permits have been issued to replace dwellings lost in the fire in unincorporated parts of the county. Another 60 permits are under review.