Camp Fire

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A new effort is being made to reconnect with Camp Fire survivors who may have fallen through the cracks.

The consortium of government, non-profit, religious and charitable organizations called the Camp Fire Long Term Recovery Group, will hold a dozen events through Jan. 24, hoping to quantify holes and gaps in recovery efforts so far.

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Officials may cut a deal with the Federal Emergency Management Agency that lets Camp Fire survivors buy their dwellings. 

Tuesday, the Butte County Board of Supervisors will look into possibly leveraging federal guidelines that allow FEMA to sell their units to occupants and donate them to other government agencies or certain charitable organizations. However, even if approved, potential buyers will have to come up with more than just money, Casey Hatcher Butte County’s deputy chief administrative officer said. 

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Those hoping to rebuild and return to Paradise are getting a little help navigating California’s notoriously deep paperwork.

Building a house isn’t easy. Especially, if you’ve never done it before. Acknowledging the complexity, potential pratfalls and frustration, a team of volunteers are now helping Camp Fire survivors plot their return.


A large helping of federal aid should help streamline and speed reconstruction in Paradise.  

 

This week the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a $300,000 grant was issued to the town to help recruit and hire a Disaster Recovery Manager. The funds are in addition to $75,000 committed locally.  

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After alternately begging and warning Camp Fire survivors, Butte County officials have extended the tree removal sign-up deadline in the burn scar.

 

Having only moderate luck getting signatures, officials are giving survivors additional time to join mandatory programs aimed at logging damaged trees that could tumble across a public road. Casey Hatcher is Butte County’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. 

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Paradise officials say a surge in end of year building permit applications shows rising confidence and interest in reconstruction.

 

After the catastrophic Camp Fire more than a year ago, the resurrection of Paradise was anything but assured. Despite the odds, Colette Curtis spokeswoman for the Town of Paradise said many residents are moving quickly in an effort to rebuild.

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Book reviewer Dan Barnett's column "Biblio File" appears in the Chico Enterprise-Record. With more than 30-years of book reviewing experience, Barnett details the latest books that speak on the Camp Fire and it's aftermath. 

 

Also, we speak with Camp Fire survivor Bill Hartley, owner of Joy Lyn’s Candies. 

 

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Previously extended, the deadline for filing a claim against Pacific Gas & Electric Company for wildfire-related loses expires at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

The deadline is part of the Northern California utility’s bankruptcy reorganization process. Anyone who lost income or property due to wildfire before January 29th of this year and believes PG&E is responsible, must file a claim for reimbursement through the courts.

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After the Camp Fire, damage and contamination to water lines in Paradise was extreme and considered nearly unprecedented. Just more than a year later, officials say restoration is well on its way. 

 

The contamination was caused by melting plastic pipes and meters. As water pressure dropped off during the inferno, a vacuum formed in the pipes, pulling toxic gases into the lines.

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With a deadline fast approaching, Butte County Supervisors will consider extending temporary loopholes that allow some Camp Fire survivors more latitude. It’s among a number of issues up for debate this morning.

 

The loopholes let people essentially camp out on their own property in an RV or camper without utility connections.

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