After Paradise

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“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 13

Feb 7, 2019

Tonight on After Paradise – it’s been 13 weeks since the Camp Fire started. We bring you more about a decision earlier this week to bar Paradise residents from returning to their fire damaged properties, we check in with an official from the Town of Paradise for the town’s latest updates, and we look to the City of Santa Rosa for insights on what the community may soon be facing in terms of homelessness. After the 2017 fires there, Sonoma County is seeing an increase in the number of people living on the streets.

Your Questions Answered: Rebuilding Paradise

Feb 7, 2019
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In this post you’ll find the answers to all of your rebuilding questions. You can submit more, or ask questions about anything Camp Fire related on our website.

All answers in this post are attributed to Town of Paradise Administrative Analyst and Public Information Officer Colette Curtis.

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Perhaps those who could best estimate the real impact of the fire on homelessness are the people who provide direct services to those without shelter. NSPR has been checking in with local service providers over the past few weeks to find out what they’ve been experiencing in terms of people seeking resources. NSPR’s Sarah Bohannon spoke with Rick Narad, Shelter Operations Manager for Safe Space, which is a rotating winter shelter. She asked how this year’s shelter has been running with fewer resources available and whether or there’s been an uptick in people coming in to sleep each night.

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Impassioned discussions at Monday’s Town of Paradise council meeting weren’t the only to take place this week. Tuesday night’s Chico City Council meeting also got heated. One of the most contentious issues–homelessness.

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The verdict to prohibit Paradise residents from returning to their fire damaged properties has thrown a wrench in the plans and spirits of many. At the time of this week’s camping ban announcement about 100 electrical permits had been granted to and paid for by returning residents. North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert spoke with Town of Paradise Administrative Analyst and Public Information Officer Colette Curtis about the scale of the issue and how the ban will be enforced.


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This week started with a major setback for Camp Fire survivors, especially those planning on moving back to their burned-out properties, putting up tents or parking campers. But as of this week, they were told it’s not safe due to all the toxic debris. Now they have to leave again. NPR’s Kirk Siegler reports on residents’ reactions to the announcement and about a heated Town of Paradise council meeting that took place on Monday.


Tonight on After Paradise - It’s been 12 weeks since the Camp Fire started. We hear from those still being housed at the last Red Cross shelter in Chico. Today the shelter was supposed to close its doors. We’ll hear an update on that closure and where evacuees say they might go. We also check in with a local service provider about the status of permanent local shelters and affordable housing. We’ll hear from two Washington Post reporters about a multimedia web series on wildfires out this week that focuses on both the Camp and Carr fires.


Noah Berger / AP Photo

Hundreds of thousands of acres burned, fire tornado, cities destroyed, 86 dead. These are the types of news headlines coming from California as the state continues to experience faster and bigger blazes and the data is pointing to changing climates as being part of the reason for these mega fires.


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As you just heard, it’s still an open question as to where many of the people currently at the last Red Cross shelter are going to go. For the most part local permanent shelters are full and trying to finding a place to rent – even if you have the means – is almost impossible. While local service providers are currently working to get a permanent low-barrier shelter set up in the community, they say that won’t be an option anytime soon.


Noah Berger / AP Photo

Some vitally important news on deadlines. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that it has extended its deadline for applying for disaster aid to February 15th. The registration period was scheduled to close today. The deadline for applying for disaster relief from the US Small Business Administration was also extended to February 15th.