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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Photo used courtesy of Father's House Church

Thousands of Butte County families are bracing for a tough holiday season this year. Parents have been scrambling to figure out basic needs like clothing and housing and driving long distances to get their children to school. Christmas shopping is the last thing on many people’s minds. Earlier this week a group of volunteers set up decorations and presents at a church in South Oroville to make sure kids displaced by the fire had something to celebrate. Teresa Cotsirilos reports. 

One of the biggest questions officials are facing in the aftermath of this disaster is why so many people never received warnings as the fire raged toward Paradise and Concow and Magalia. Even people who had signed up to receive them. This week the San Jose Mercury News published a detailed report looking into that question. NSPR’s Tess Vigeland spoke with science reporter Lisa Krieger about the investigation. 

Marc Albert

  • Re-homing begins: Evacuee families will take up temporary residence in Gridley after local authorities approved a Federal Emergency Management Agency plan to locate 350 manufactured homes in the southern Butte County city. Officials are expected to announce similar large sites in Red Bluff and Oroville in coming days. 

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 36 days since the Camp Fire started. Tonight an important update on emergency shelters housing the pets of fire victims. If you haven’t claimed yours, you need to do so soon. Plus… Airbnb’s Open Homes Program. And we hear about and from three people whose names are intertwined with this disaster… Paradise Mayor Jody Jones, Reverend Ron Zimmer of East Avenue Church, and Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea… who is now, apparently, everyone’s homie.

After Paradise: Day 35

Dec 14, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 35 days since the Camp Fire started. With the city of Paradise wiped off the map… at least for the time being… Chico now finds itself contending with a sudden surge in population, using infrastructure that isn’t prepared for the influx. There isn’t enough housing. Roads are clogged with new traffic. Anger spilled over at a city council meeting last night. We’ll hear the latest and talk with Chico’s new mayor, who’s been in office for just over a week. Plus… a Paradise tradition moves to a new home. Despite the loss of their town, the Parrott Family Christmas show WILL go on.

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 34 days since the Camp Fire started. In almost every crisis, it helps to know that other people have been through something similar, and come out on the other side. The trauma currently being experienced by people who lost their homes and so much more in Paradise, is a familiar one to so many just in this state who’ve been through the same thing. So today we hear from three people who lost everything in last year’s Tubbs Fire. They share slivers of hope to help Camp Fire victims get through the long recovery process.

After Paradise: Day 33

Dec 11, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 33 days since the Camp Fire started. The death toll from the Camp Fire remains at 85, but the number of missing now stands at three. Tonight we hear the latest on the staggering financial cost of the recovery effort. Plus… an update on what PG&E is doing to change its safety inspection program for transmission lines. And we’ll talk with a social worker from the Butte County behavioral health department about how to help children through the trauma of surviving a disaster that’s taken their homes, their schools, and their sense of safety in the world.

After Paradise: Day 32

Dec 10, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 32 days since the Camp Fire started. Some of the first FEMA trailers have arrived for disaster victims who need semi permanent housing. We’ll get a tour of one of them near Corning. We also go along with workers from the Environmental Protection Agency, as they clean up toxic waste from homes that were leveled in the fire. We hear from an official in Sonoma County where the Tubbs Fire last year prompted serious questions about the emergency alert system. Questions that are now also being asked in Butte County.

After Paradise: Day 29

Dec 7, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 29 days since the Camp Fire started. Toxic debris removal from burned out properties has already begun. Now, Butte County is asking fire victims to sign up to allow cleanup of the rest of the materials. We’ll have details. Plus a North State non-profit is giving the Red Cross 100-thousand dollars to help replace medical devices and glasses that were lost to the fire. And the author of a book about grief talks about the best ways for friends, family, and coworkers, to help victims through the recovery process.

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 28 days… exactly four weeks… since the Camp Fire started. Tonight we’ll hear from a local legend in Magalia. Jaki’s Hilltop Café survived the fire, but Jaki Snead’s house did not. She’s still pondering what the future holds. Plus a commentary from a fire survivor who’s taken to calling himself a “climate change refugee.” And a woman who lived through Hurricanes Katrina AND Harvey shares her thoughts on recovery, and the importance of asking for help.