Camp Fire


It’s again time for our weekly check-in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors. Earlier today we received updates from Debra Young, a public information officer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Justin Jacobs, representing the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Colette Curtis spokeswoman for the town of Paradise and Butte County Spokeswoman Casey Hatcher.

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A bill temporarily easing regulation and oversight of certain types of construction awaits the signature of Governor Gavin Newsom.

Introduced and carried by North State Assemblyman James Gallagher, Assembly Bill 430 suspends certain aspects of California’s landmark environmental regulations and limits some avenues typically used by opponents to delay or block projects.


It’s again time for our weekly check-in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors. Earlier today we received updates from Debra Young, a public information officer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Justin Jacobs, representing the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Colette Curtis spokeswoman for the town of Paradise and Butte County Spokeswoman Casey Hatcher.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

The deadliest wildfire in written California history traumatized a region. The scars it left on the landscape and in survivor’s memories will take decades to heal. Parceling out blame for the blaze has become a local obsession.  

Rather than a proverbial, moustache twirling villain, Journalist Mark Arax, in a lengthy cover feature earlier this month in California Sunday Magazine, found multiple causes, some stretching back to the Gold Rush. Marc Albert begins the conversation by asking how the unrelated causes intersected.

 


Repair and reconstruction continues in the Camp Fire’s wake. County officials have opened a part time satellite permit center on the ridge which should be especially convenient for Magalia residents, meanwhile, in the valley, the first families are moving into a long awaited FEMA housing site and, your questions. 

 

It’s time for our weekly check in with representatives from agencies assisting Camp Fire survivors. Joining us: Debra Young of FEMA, Justin Jacobs with CalOES, and Casey Hatcher of Butte County, we’ll start with Colette Curtis of the town of Paradise. 

 

Noah Berger / AP Photo


The Town of Paradise has hired one of Congressman Doug LaMalfa’s former aides to help shepherd and coordinate recovery efforts. 

 

Laura Page, who served as the congressman’s Senior District Advisor, starts a new job this morning: orchestrating the delivery of the town’s top priorities. 

Significant hurdles remain ahead but officials have made progress this past week on finding some solution for removing hazardous trees on private lots. Money for the first step in building a sewer system on the ridge, preparing planning and environmental documents is being assembled, and after a very long wait, the FEMA group housing site just south of Chico is preparing to open fully.

It’s time once again for our weekly check in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors get back on their feet. We speak with Mike Peacock from FEMA, Justin Jacobs of CalOES, Casey Hatcher for Butte County and Colette Curtis with the town of Paradise.  

Marc Albert


Financial aid and legislative help are speeding the North State’s recovery from the worst wildfire in modern history, but as the region’s top elected leaders heard at a town hall Monday in Chico, much more is needed.  

 


More debris was cleared, more home sites are ready for rebuilding while Paradise prepares its first post-fire budget and launches monthly informational meetings. 

 

 

It’s time once again for our weekly check in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors get back on their feet. Earlier today we received updates from Mike Peacock, a public information officer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Justin Jacobs of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services perhaps better known as CalOES and Colette Curtis with the town of Paradise.  

Rebuilding is happening and gathering speed. A new, ultra-low interest loan program is announced by the US Department of Agriculture, along with direct cash grants for lower income individuals age 62 and older...and FEMA’s largest site, with roughly 400 trailers will soon welcome its first families. 

 

You can find a direct link to the USDA’s loan and grant program right here.

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