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NSPR's Camp Fire Weekly Call: 3/5

Mar 5, 2020

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. 

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There’s additional hope for Camp Fire survivors wanting to rebuild in the town of Paradise who are also short on cash.

 

New state money is available to help fill the hole between fire survivor’s assets, and the cost of rebuilding their home.

Fire Has County Tapping Reserves

Feb 25, 2020
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Elected leaders in Butte County will consider dipping into fiscal reserves today as Camp Fire related expenses keep piling up.

 

At their meeting this morning, the Board of Supervisors will be asked to transfer about a quarter of reserve funds — $1 million — to cover expenses related to the Camp Fire.

NSPR's Camp Fire Weekly Call: 2/13

Feb 13, 2020

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. 

Camp Fire Survivors With Unmet Needs: Officials Want To Hear From You

Jan 14, 2020
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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.

NSPR's Camp Fire Weekly Call: 1/9

Jan 9, 2020

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.

NSPR’s Camp Fire Weekly Call: 11/21

Nov 21, 2019


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. 

 

Another Outage Looking Likely

Nov 18, 2019
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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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