After Paradise

Kim Weir

This is Kim Weir. I live in Paradise, here in northern California, and I love it. No one has been more surprised by this than me. I grew up in Chico, the college town just down the hill, and like many flatlanders I helped to perpetuate local prejudices about the place. When I was 16 and still knew everything, I’d dismiss Paradise as little more than local headquarters for the John Birch Society—which it was, back then.

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.

After Paradise: Day 28

Dec 6, 2018

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.

After Paradise: Day 27

Dec 6, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – – it’s been 27 days since the Camp Fire started. Butte County had a severe housing crisis BEFORE the fire. Now, it’s scrambling for places to put the people who lost some 14-thousand homes in Paradise, Magalia, and Concow. We’ll talk with the director of the county housing authority. We’ll also hear what happened with the rebuilding effort after the Thomas fire, which erupted a year ago near Santa Barbara. Plus… the founder and CEO of Sierra Nevada Brewing – Ken Grossman – shares the story of “Resilience” – a new brew raising funds around the country for fire recovery.

After Paradise: Day 25

Dec 3, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 25 days since the Camp Fire started. Today was the first day back at school for students in Butte County. Eight of the nine schools in Paradise burned down. Those kids are now in classrooms that are foreign to them. Residents of Magalia held an impromptu town hall over the weekend. Concern is growing over their inability to pass through the primary roads to and from Chico. And a 15-year-old from Paradise shares her Instagram post about allowing yourself to feel sad, when everyone wants you to feel better. 

After Paradise: Day 22

Nov 30, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 22 days since the Camp Fire forever changed the lives of so many here in Butte County. Most of the thousands of search and recovery workers dedicated to the fire’s aftermath have now been sent home. Tonight we talk with Sheriff Kory Honea about what that means for those still listed as missing. And Butte County district attorney Mike Ramsay walks us through the complex legal issues faced by the families of those still missing. Plus… the latest on the investigation into PG&E’s role in this catastrophe.

After Paradise: Day 21

Nov 30, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 21 days since the Camp Fire leveled the city of Paradise. Flash flood and evacuation warnings filled the airwaves this afternoon. Tonight we’ll get the latest on the threat of landslides throughout the burn area, plus school is back in session next week – we hear from the superintendent. And the editor-in-chief of the Chico Enterprise-Record talks about how the paper is covering the crisis in its backyard. 

After Paradise: Day 20

Nov 28, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 20 days since the Camp Fire incinerated Paradise. A flash flood watch has been issued for the entire fire zone as rain now threatens to make a complex disaster operation even worse. Tonight we’ll hear the latest on the threat of landslides from the winter storm that’s approaching, plus developments in post-disaster housing and we'll take a look at why citizens can’t just go back now that the fire is out – a question many of you have called in and asked us. 

After Paradise: Day 19

Nov 27, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 19 days since the Camp Fire began its rampage. Rain is falling on the disaster site, where search and recovery operations continued in an effort to find, in the ashes, the more than 200 people still listed as missing. 

After Paradise: Day 18

Nov 27, 2018

This is the first episode of “After Paradise” – a new daily program dedicated to reporting on the aftermath of the Camp Fire. It’s been 18 days since the fire broke out. In the wake of this catastrophe, NSPR is dedicating a half-hour each weekday to recovery efforts and providing a way for the community to come together, ask questions, and keep up-to-date on the latest from government officials, aid organizations, law enforcement and local reporters.