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Facing a sudden surge in population, elected leaders in Chico tonight will consider some changes aimed at boosting housing production. 


Marc Albert

Following a three week fire-related interruption, public schools throughout Butte County re-opened yesterday, with local and state officials vowing unwavering support. 


Re-opening schools after the Camp Fire has been anything but child’s play. 

After Paradise: Day 25

Dec 3, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 25 days since the Camp Fire started. Today was the first day back at school for students in Butte County. Eight of the nine schools in Paradise burned down. Those kids are now in classrooms that are foreign to them. Residents of Magalia held an impromptu town hall over the weekend. Concern is growing over their inability to pass through the primary roads to and from Chico. And a 15-year-old from Paradise shares her Instagram post about allowing yourself to feel sad, when everyone wants you to feel better. 

Corinne Smith

Long expected, officials moved Friday to relocate evacuees and shut down the tent city at Walmart in Chico. A Red Cross supervisor said county, city, Red Cross and Walmart representatives had convinced hold outs to relocate.  


After Paradise: Day 22

Nov 30, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 22 days since the Camp Fire forever changed the lives of so many here in Butte County. Most of the thousands of search and recovery workers dedicated to the fire’s aftermath have now been sent home. Tonight we talk with Sheriff Kory Honea about what that means for those still listed as missing. And Butte County district attorney Mike Ramsay walks us through the complex legal issues faced by the families of those still missing. Plus… the latest on the investigation into PG&E’s role in this catastrophe.

After Paradise: Day 21

Nov 30, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 21 days since the Camp Fire leveled the city of Paradise. Flash flood and evacuation warnings filled the airwaves this afternoon. Tonight we’ll get the latest on the threat of landslides throughout the burn area, plus school is back in session next week – we hear from the superintendent. And the editor-in-chief of the Chico Enterprise-Record talks about how the paper is covering the crisis in its backyard. 

Evacuees Remain At Walmart, But For How Long?

Nov 29, 2018
Corinne Smith








Now the third week since the disaster of the Camp Fire, most evacuees who didn’t have anywhere to go have been consolidated into two county-coordinated shelters. Some still remain in pop-up shelters or some still at the Walmart in Chico. There people are sheltering from the weather in tents in a field and in cars and RVs in the parking lot.


After Paradise: Day 20

Nov 28, 2018

Tonight on “After Paradise” – it’s been 20 days since the Camp Fire incinerated Paradise. A flash flood watch has been issued for the entire fire zone as rain now threatens to make a complex disaster operation even worse. Tonight we’ll hear the latest on the threat of landslides from the winter storm that’s approaching, plus developments in post-disaster housing and we'll take a look at why citizens can’t just go back now that the fire is out – a question many of you have called in and asked us. 

Marc Albert


Some Paradise evacuees will be allowed to return to their properties next week, but it’s going to be more like homesteading than a homecoming. 


No electricity, impassible roads, iffy water and failed septic systems are likely to greet the so-called lucky Paradise residents upon their return. They’ll be scant services and few, if any places to buy food or fuel, and a circuitous route in and out of town.  

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Tragedy seems to bring out the best in most people, but it also tends to conjure up scammers and fraudsters. Currently scams are targeting Camp Fire victims and those giving monetary donations. 

It may be an old saw, but Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” 

Ramsey said this is particularly true in rental housing scams. While they’re always prevalent, the Camp Fire disaster has brought an increased volume. Typically, what happens is a social media post advertises a vacant home or apartment, but the ad is fake, written by a scammer posing as the owner or broker.