After Paradise

6:30 p.m. Thursdays

“After Paradise” is dedicated to post-Camp Fire recovery information. Each Thursday night, the NSPR News Team will bring you the latest from government officials, rescue organizations, financial planners, trauma experts and local reporters.

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After Paradise: Six Months

May 9, 2019

Tonight on “After Paradise” it’s been 6 months since the Camp Fire started.

This week, North State Public Radio commemorates the anniversary with a special one-hour program. We’ll check in with officials and those who were displaced about how their lives have changed since the fire and what life holds for them going forward.

 

Explore Butte County

RVs, mother-in-law units, couches, spare rooms — six months after the Camp Fire those who were displaced are still scrambling for housing, living wherever they can. NSPR’s Marc Albert went to the Matador Motel in Chico where he met Lorrie Peters Summers whose been living with her family in a room there since the fire.  

 

Marc Albert

The deadly wildfire that tore through Paradise six months ago is in the distant past to most of us. But thousands of people displaced by the Camp Fire are still piecing their lives back together, many, trying to find a permanent place to live. Reporter Pauline Bartolone has the story of one family that’s trying to find peace while they’re in housing limbo.

John Locher / AP Photo

 


 

Thousands of people fled the Ridge November 8, 2018. In one day the population of the neighboring City of Chico exploded. In terms of shelter, Chico was already in a housing crisis before the fire, now that’s been exacerbated as those who were displaced search for any type of dwelling to live in that they can find.

 

Ed Mayer is the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the County Of Butte. NSPR’s Sarah Bohannon spoke with him to find out more about the current housing crisis and about vacancy rates before the fire.

Paul Kitagaki Jr. / The Sacramento Bee

Paradise Mayor Jody Jones became one of the most visible faces after the fire as a spokeswoman for her town. She and her husband lost their home on Nighty Lane. NSPR's Tess Vigeland met up with Jones at her burned out property to hear her story of recovery.

Marc Albert

Towering, shade-giving Ponderosas were as emblematic of Paradise as its Dogtown Nugget and Gold Rush origin, which is probably why so many of you have written in with questions about trees.

We have answered specific questions about what to do if you have burned trees on your property and whether native species will be removed if they pose a hazard on our website.

Nicole Camarda

Back in the gold rush area, a fifty-four pound gold nugget was found in a small community on the ridge. It was named after the town where it was found and is known as the Dogtown Nugget. At the time, the discovery made headlines across the nation. And the Town of Paradise has been celebrating it for years.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

Six months since the Camp Fire struck, officials in Butte County told KQED's Michelle Wiley that some students are experiencing the same mental health issues they had just after the fire. And they need more counselors to support them.

Pamela Beeman had been retired for five years when she got the call from Butte County.

 

Butte County Recovers

This week we get our regular update from government officials and they also answer your questions about debris removal, rebuilding and housing. Earlier this morning NSPR’s Marc Albert spoke with Rebeca Kelly of FEMA, Justin Jacobs of CalOES, Casey Hatcher of Butte County and Colette Curtis from the Town of Paradise to get the latest.

After Paradise: Week 25

May 2, 2019


Tonight on “After Paradise” it’s been 25 weeks since the Camp Fire started.

We first get our regular update from Butte County, the Town of Paradise, FEMA and CalOES. We also go to Paradise and hear from residents who celebrated Gold Nugget Days over the weekend. The annual tradition was held Saturday for the first time since the Camp Fire.

 

We also answer many of your questions — about Phase Two debris removal, how FEMA makes decisions about who gets housing and why so many trees are being cut down on the ridge.

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