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: Week 24

Apr 25, 2019

 


Tonight on "After Paradise" it's been 24 weeks since the Camp Fire started. We get an update from four government officials working in Camp Fire recovery, we hear from Chico News & Review Managing Editor Meredith Cooper about a group looking to better manage future wildfire in Concow and about why some who perished from fire related causes aren’t being counted in the death tool, and we also hear from students at three universities who’ve been envisioning the rebuild of the Ridge and have blueprints and ideas to share with the community.  

After Paradise: Week 23

Apr 18, 2019

Tonight on “After Paradise” it’s been 23 weeks since the Camp Fire started. In this episode, we hear the latest on PG&E, debris removal and the redesign of Paradise. We also hear from residents rebuilding in Coffey Park — a community in Santa Rosa that was destroyed in the Tubbs Fire a year-and-a-half ago. We also take a look at homelessness after the Camp Fire, and hear a story about the Helltown Hotshots – four men who stayed behind to help save their community.

 

Helltown Hotshots

Apr 18, 2019
Matt Fidler

The Camp Fire destroyed nearly everything in its path, but in the community of Helltown a few of the community’s icons were spared. That’s thanks to four friends who stayed behind and battled the fire. We now turn to independent producer Matt Fidler who learned the details of why the Centerville Museum and old school house are still standing.

Adia White

It’s hard to know what the new Paradise will be once it’s rebuilt and to know how many people will stay. For some possible insight we turn to a place that’s a year ahead in its fire recovery efforts.

 

Marc Albert

Today, those determined to return home are gathering to talk about reconstruction the town. But many residents also met earlier this week at Paradise Alliance Church to weigh in on recovery plans. NSPR’s Marc Albert has more on both meetings.

 

Camp Fire Debris Cleanup Hits Hurdle

Apr 18, 2019
Noah Berger / AP Photo

The deadline to sign up for the state’s debris removal program passed earlier this week. Roughly 500 people still have not signed up to get debris removed from their property. Butte County officials are now considering gaining access to people’s homes through more extreme measures, as KQED’s Sonja Hutson reports.

Photo used courtesy of Adventist Health

The Camp Fire destroyed nearly everything in its path that day in November, 2018 including most of the town’s hospital. Adventist Health is now scattered throughout the county. For months staff of its previous cancer center have had to drive hours to visit patients who have been displaced. But now, they’ll be able to see those patients in Chico, as a new Adventist Health Cancer Care Center has just opened.

Noah Berger / AP Photo


Climate change is a topic that is increasingly becoming part of the discussion about rebuilding Paradise – and last week it was a large focus, as Chico State held its annual This Way To Sustainability Conference. NSPR’s Dave Schlom interviewed four survivors of the Camp and Carr fires – Susan Dobra, Chelsea West, Melissa Darnell and Luigi Balsamo – during the panel.

 

Noah Berger / AP Photo

While nonprofits and government organizations have largely been highlighted as places where those who have been displaced can get help, the Paradise community itself has been greatly involved in connecting their friends and neighbors to resources.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

Over the last few months you’ve been asking a lot of questions about insurance – questions like: “Are there areas and properties in Paradise that will be uninsurable because of high fire danger risk?” and “If we rebuild, will anyone insure us and for how much?” We’re working to find specific answers to these questions, but have been in contact with an organization that can provide, direct individualized help with your insurance questions. NSPR’s Nicole Camarda spoke with Amy Bach, the executive director of United Policyholders, which holds insurance claim workshops to help Camp Fire survivors.

 

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