Camp Fire Recovery

Reconstruction continues with Camp Fire survivors continuing to apply for building permits at a brisk pace, while federal and state aid home-rehabilitation funds are being partly reconfigured into deferred-payment, low-interest loans to help fire survivors rebuild.

Meanwhile, there’s more clarity about trees at risk for toppling across privately-owned roads, including information vital for those who took initiative and removed the trees themselves. 

A breakthrough was announced with federal officials, who have OK’ed funds for logging hazard trees threatening privately-owned roads in the burn scar. County officials had lobbied heavily, arguing that without an exemption, the trees would hinder reconstruction.

Also, rates may have increased, but officials say a dozen firms are selling homeowners insurance on the ridge. We also hear from operators of a new non-profit matching fire survivors with people considering having a roommate or housemate. 

On this week’s call: A feared lull in burn scar building permit applications hasn’t appeared, suggesting recovery and re-population will continue at a pace faster than expected. 

 

Also, the next phase of tree removal is starting to take shape and we learn more about the needs still out there from Kevin Lindstrom, Pastor at Magalia Community Church and Doreen Fogle, who helps operate the Camp Fire Resource Center, where needed items are still being distributed and sympathetic ears are available.  

On this week’s call: Paradise Spokeswoman Colette Curtis discusses the newly opened Building Resiliency Center, Butte County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Casey Hatcher has the details on plan to help property owners remove fire-damaged trees endangering private roads, and Marcella Seay of the Upper Ridge Community Council discusses home insurance issues and a debate going on in Magalia about the size of homes and should smaller houses be allowed.   


It’s again time for our weekly check in with representatives from agencies repairing damage left behind by the camp fire. 

 

Joining us: Paradise Spokeswoman Colette Curtis, Butte County Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Casey Hatcher, and for the first time, Charles Brooks of Rebuild Paradise.

It’s again time for our weekly check in with representatives from agencies repairing damage left behind by the camp fire. Joining us: Paradise Spokeswoman Colette Curtis, Paradise Irrigation District Spokeswoman Mickey Rich and Justin Jacobs, a spokesman for the California Governor’s office of Emergency Services.

 

This week, Colette Curtis starts us off with a word about building permit figures and details some of the programs and experts available to speed home reconstruction in Paradise. 


This week progress was reported on drinking water and debris clean up while mold issues continue to delay Paradise’s Building Resiliency Center from opening.

The Paradise Irrigation District reports it has lifted do not drink advisories from another 50 properties and is urging those living in temporary structures on their properties to join a waiting list for new service laterals — work necessary before do not drink orders are rescinded. 

 


In this week’s post-Camp Fire agency briefing, officials from both Paradise and Butte County say the number of families returning to newly rebuilt homes in the burn zone may seem small, but the number of building permit applications is exceeding expectations. State officials report that as structural debris removal winds down, they’re preparing to begin removing dead, dying and otherwise hazardous trees that could fall onto public property, including roads.

Noah Berger / AP Photo

  

After a disaster like last year’s Camp Fire, many people struggle with distress, depression and anxiety. These feelings are normal and help is available.

Resources and advice for helping you cope can be found at buttecountyrecovers.org, and below. 

General Advice


It’s again time for our weekly check-in with representatives from some of the lead agencies attempting to help Camp Fire survivors. Joining us is Justin Jacobs, representing the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Colette Curtis spokeswoman for the town of Paradise, Butte County Spokeswoman Casey Hatcher and Mickey Rich for the Paradise Irrigation District. 

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