Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 34 days since the Camp Fire started. In almost every crisis, it helps to know that other people have been through something similar, and come out on the other side. The trauma currently being experienced by people who lost their homes and so much more in Paradise, is a familiar one to so many just in this state who’ve been through the same thing. So today we hear from three people who lost everything in last year’s Tubbs Fire. They share slivers of hope to help Camp Fire victims get through the long recovery process.

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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:

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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. 


After Paradise: Day 33

Dec 11, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 33 days since the Camp Fire started. The death toll from the Camp Fire remains at 85, but the number of missing now stands at three. Tonight we hear the latest on the staggering financial cost of the recovery effort. Plus… an update on what PG&E is doing to change its safety inspection program for transmission lines. And we’ll talk with a social worker from the Butte County behavioral health department about how to help children through the trauma of surviving a disaster that’s taken their homes, their schools, and their sense of safety in the world.

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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.

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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.  

After Paradise: Day 32

Dec 10, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 32 days since the Camp Fire started. Some of the first FEMA trailers have arrived for disaster victims who need semi permanent housing. We’ll get a tour of one of them near Corning. We also go along with workers from the Environmental Protection Agency, as they clean up toxic waste from homes that were leveled in the fire. We hear from an official in Sonoma County where the Tubbs Fire last year prompted serious questions about the emergency alert system. Questions that are now also being asked in Butte County.