News Of The Week: FEMA Expands Housing Site, Debris Removal Program Extended, First Building Permit

Mar 28, 2019

Paradise, Calif. on Dec. 8 after the Camp Fire.
Credit Noah Berger / AP Photo

FEMA, debris removal, right of entry forms, water, building permits – there has been a lot that has happened this week. NSPR’s Marc Albert gives us a recap.


  • FEMA building five “group housing sites” in Oroville, Orland, Gridley and Chico. 
  • Planned site in Chico upped from a proposed 48 units to 82. 
  • The first few FEMA trailers, officially ‘Manufactured Housing Units” have arrived at the Rosewood site in Oroville. 
  • Proposed move-in dates of mid-April seem likely to be pushed back. 





  • Problems more severe Paradise Irrigation District’s delivery system than the systems owned by Del Oro Water Company. 
  • PID says repairs could take two to three years. 
  • PID intends to work methodically, starting from the highest elevations and working downhill.  
  • Some water meters melted. 
  • Responsibility of utility ends at water meter. 
  • Unclear what help, if any, property owners might receive to repair or replace service lines between meters and homes. 


Debris removal 

  • Suspended due to rain, but likely to start again Monday. 
  • 80 parcels have been cleaned and cleared. 
  • 200,000 tons of debris removed. 
  • Deadlines extended---Both the free government debris removal program and the alternative debris removal programs have been extended to April 15th.
  • Right of Entry forms must be signed and delivered to Butte County
  • Environmental Health at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville. 


First post-fire Paradise building permit issued to Jason and Meagann Buzzard