After Paradise

After Paradise: Week 16

Feb 28, 2019

Tonight on After Paradise – it’s been 16 weeks since the Camp Fire started. In this episode we hear the latest news on PG&E, we learn that the camping ban in Paradise isn’t being enforced and we take a journey to Butte Creek Canyon – a place where land practices of the past played a role in how much of that area was destroyed by the Camp Fire.

Your questions answered: Listener Don asked for an update of the status of water conditions in Paradise, which you can find here. We also were able to find an answer for Gregory who wanted to know “When will we be able to move back to Paradise? I know it’s going to take time. Just looking for a realistic time frame.”


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After Paradise: This Week’s Headlines


  • Alternative Debris Removal Program Deadline Extended

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California has continuously been seeing hotter, faster wildfires. But why? Well, a big contributing factor is our relationship with the land. Independent Producer Matt Fidler takes us to Butte Creek Canyon, one of the communities devastated by the Camp Fire where he explores how land practices of the past played a role in what happened there in November.

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What Are The Current Water Conditions In Paradise?

Listener Don asks: “When will we be able to drink the water in Paradise? What is left on the district’s “to-do” list and could work in some areas be completed first to allow repopulation or will we have to wait until the entire system is fixed?


Paradise Camping Ban Not Being Enforced

Feb 28, 2019
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Town of Paradise and Butte County banned residents from living on their burned out properties. But as KQED’s Sonja Hutson reports town and county officials have not been enforcing the ban.

After Paradise: Week 15

Feb 21, 2019

Tonight on After Paradise – it’s been 15 weeks since the Camp Fire started. In this episode we hear from Chico Mayor Randall Stone about the major housing shortage in the City of Chico, we learn why a new law enacted to help California fire survivors with insurance coverage will not benefit those displaced by the Camp Fire and we hear from the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce about the work going into bringing a vibrant business community back to Paradise.


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Who is going back to Paradise and who is not is still unclear at the point, but it’s not a decision to be made by only those who lived in the town. It’s a decision that will also have to be made by those who owned businesses in the community and by those who worked there. While some businesses have reopened, the majority have not. North State Public Radio’s Marc Albert spoke with Monica Nolan, the executive director of the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce to check in with Paradise’s business community. The first thing he asked Nolan was how reopened businesses are functioning right now.

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Californians who live in an area devastated by wildfires have new protections as of January 1st. If their home survives a blaze their property insurer must maintain their coverage for at least a year after the disaster, but as Capital Public Radio’s Pauline Bartolone learned, the new law has come too late for those still reeling from the Camp Fire.  


Chico State

After tens of thousands fled the Ridge from the Camp Fire more than three months ago, nearby Chico now feels like it’s is bursting at the seams. There’s more of pretty much everything – more people, more lines, more traffic. Except for housing. There is virtually no housing.  


After Paradise: Week 14

Feb 14, 2019



Tonight on After Paradise – it’s been 14 weeks since the Camp Fire started. In this episode we bring you the latest on Federal Emergency Management Agency housing units, the Red Cross Shelter and debris removal, we hear about new legislation aimed at creating a statewide network of weather monitoring stations that would help assess the threat of future wildfires in California, and we answer your questions about displaced pets.