Camp Fire

Marc Albert

FEMA’s plans to house 250 families in manufactured homes near Chico Municipal Airport and use a long abandoned industrial site to transfer fire debris onto railcars ran into a welter of criticism last night, as local residents complained of traffic, noise, dust and disruption. 

 

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State and federal authorities estimated Tuesday that it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris from 19,000 homes and businesses destroyed by three California wildfires last month.

The disaster relief officials said the cleanup costs will far surpass the record cleanup expense of $1.3 billion the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers spent on debris removal in Northern California in 2017.

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Insurance claims and cleanup costs associated with California wildfires last month are expected to exceed the record-breaking amounts paid out last year after blazes ripped through the state's wine country.

The insurance industry is bracing for payouts exceeding last year's record $11.8 billion payments to Northern California fire victims.

California Insurance Commissioner Davy Jones says he will release preliminary claims data Wednesday morning for the three wildfires last month that destroyed 19,000 homes and businesses.

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Food assistance will be available for those impacted by the Camp Fire for a seven day window of time starting Wed. Dec. 12.

Known as Disaster CalFresh, this emergency food assistance is for people who worked or lived in Butte County on Nov. 8, the day the Camp Fire started, and who are not already receiving CalFresh. You could be eligible if you experienced any of the following:

Marc Albert

Elected leaders in Butte County heard financial estimates of the Camp Fire’s destruction, and enacted rules aimed at helping get fire victims back on their feet, and indoors. 

 

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California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says.

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday after 30 years with the agency. In an interview with The Associated Press, he said government and citizens must act differently to protect lives and property from fires that now routinely threaten large populations.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

The Latest on destructive California wildfires (all times local):

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Authorities in Northern California say the death toll from a destructive wildfire has decimated the town of Paradise has climbed from 85 to 86.

The Butte County Sheriff's office said Tuesday that Larry Smith of Paradise was burned while trying to put out flames that had surrounded his car. The 80-year-old Smith died of his injuries after Thanksgiving, nearly three weeks after the fire started Nov. 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Lengthy agendas await lawmakers in both Butte and Shasta Counties where the Board of Supervisors in each counties are scheduled to convene this morning. 

 

Unsurprisingly, there’s much about fire on this morning’s agenda. In Butte County officials will consider, and are likely to approve measures suspending parts of the county’s zoning code — an effort to aid those made homeless by the Camp Fire.  

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.

Marc Albert

According to some experts, the camp fire was less a surprise than a long feared nightmare scenario come to life. 

 

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