'Welcome to Bearadise' Sign to Stay in Paradise

The Black Bear Diner in Paradise was destroyed by the Camp Fire, but the popular bear statue withheld the flames.

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 6:29 PM
Updated: Jan 3, 2019 9:15 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Black Bear Diner in Paradise was destroyed by the Camp Fire, but the popular bear statue withheld the flames.

The people of Paradise have been upset about the possibility of the bear moving to Mount Shasta to be preserved during the debris removal process.

But word has come out that this iconic symbol for Paradise is staying in Paradise. 

The bear statue is 10 feet tall and weighs around 1,500 pounds.

It's been standing since the restaurant opened in 2007.

The company was going to move the statue to the Mount Shasta location for safekeeping until the town rebuilds, but the company said they heard the people's complaints and are leaving the statue in the town's hands.

"Paradise has already lost so much and been through so much and that's a staple of paradise I mean when you drive down that road and you see the bear," said Aydria, a Paradise resident. 

The Bearadise Bear surrounded by ash has been recognized as a piece of home for many who lost everything in the Camp Fire.

The town's planning department has not decided where the bear is going to go while debris removal happens, but it will stay in the town of Paradise.

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