Our Future After The Fire: One month from first anniversary of Camp Fire

Our region has learned a great deal since November 8, 2018, about wildfire risk, personal safety and much more. Morning anchor Julia Yarbough covers now this week's our future after the fire.

Posted: Oct 3, 2019 7:50 PM
Updated: Oct 4, 2019 8:19 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Our region has learned a great deal since November 8, 2018, about wildfire risk, personal safety and much more.

Soon after recovery efforts began, it was clear Butte County and the people who called Paradise home would face housing issues.

While many found shelter temporary and permanent, hundreds of others did not. Water and how to provide clean, safe water, if and when the ridge recovered has merged as key issues.

Action News Now explored how the Paradise Irrigation District planned to move forward; what steps would be taken to make sure a sewer system worked for those who decided to rebuild.

If the Camp Fire happened once, what would prevent another fire from destroying a rebuilt Paradise or other communities?

Action News Now talked to fire and city planning experts about how to best implement emergency alert systems, whether current evacuation routes could keep people safe, and we took a closer look at communities up and down the state situated in high fire danger regions.

There are those who advocate returning to more traditional methods of alerting to fire, lookout towers. Action News Now took you to Plumas national forest to hear from a man who has spent more than 55 years scanning the horizons – working as one of the last remaining fire lookouts.

Despite the devastation of the Camp Fire – many business owners are determined to revive the local economy.

For some owners, the future is now elsewhere, in neighboring communities.

Action News Now team is currently producing a series of reports that we will present during a special one-year anniversary special.

For the full story view the video above.

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