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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 the morning of November 8, 2018, one of the most deadly and destructive wildfires in United States history destroyed the town of Paradise, California. At least 86 people died in the inferno. The California Camp Fire—Reflections and Remnants is the quintessential historical testament and reflection of that tragic day and the continuing aftermath. 

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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.

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. 

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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.


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. 

 

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company customers may be left in the dark again Wednesday and part of Thursday as the company considers pre-emptively interrupting electricity service due to fire risk.

 

The company yesterday began notifying 264,000 customers across 22 counties.

 

A National Weather Service red flag fire warning is set to take effect early Wednesday morning at 4 a.m. The warning expires Thursday morning at 7. Areas under warning stretch from near coastal Mendocino and Sonoma County to nearly the Sierra crest in Plumas and Shasta counties and from the Siskiyou County line nearly to Stockton.

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As tens of thousands of North State residents learned, being without electricity is more than an inconvenience. And as NSPR reports, sporadic, widespread outages will become just another facet of California’s lengthening fire season.

 

With its equipment linked to sparking deadly and catastrophic wildfires, PG&E started unplugging large parts of the state when conditions warranted.

Marc Albert

 


 

Alyssa Nolan is one of those cape-less heroes.  A new mother made homeless when 2008’s Humboldt Fire swept through some of the same areas as last year’s Camp Fire, she turned a long held aspiration of getting a tiny home for herself into a full-time charitable mission. Building tiny homes for fire survivors who’ve lost just about everything.  

 

Her workshop is a vacant gravel lot behind a former Ford dealership in downtown Oroville. There’s no electricity available so Nolan makes her own, filling a generator with gas she buys out of her own pocket. 


In this episode of “After Paradise,” we commemorate the year anniversary of the Camp Fire by focusing on where we are now, 365 days after the fire. We’ll hear from those working in mental health about how the one year mark is triggering stress and anxiety for many in the community, and about practical ways to manage. We’ll hear about recovery from survivors living in communities all over the Camp Fire burn scar. And we’ll visit with a few people providing a message of hope. It’s been a long road, and it may not feel like it now, but we can turn the challenges and devastation of this disaster into Post Traumatic growth. 

 

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