BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Paradise Town Council and the Butte County Board of Supervisors passed ordinances requiring the removal of hazard trees damaged by the Camp Fire from private property that may fall into public roadways.
Property owners may enter the Government Tree Program to have the trees removed by the State at no out-of-pocket cost.
Enrollment in the Government Tree Program requires a Right-of-Entry form. Property owners may also identify and remove hazard trees themselves, but must submit an inspection form so an inspector may verify the removal of the hazard trees from the property.
Three Tree ROE Centers open Monday, October 28 at the following locations:
• Community Employment Center
78 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
• Butte County Library, Paradise Branch
Community Room, 5922 Clark Road, Paradise
Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
• Butte County Library, Chico Branch
1108 Sherman Avenue, Chico
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Property owners may also call the Tree ROE Center directly at 530-552-3030 or submit Tree ROEs by email at TreeROE@buttecounty.net.
The Tree ROE is available for download online HERE.
Community meetings will be held at various locations throughout the county in an effort to provide information about tree removal programs. Meeting dates and times have not been announced yet, according to the Town of Paradise.
Property owners in the burn scar will need to remove hazardous trees if they are a threat to public roads or buildings, said Casey Hatcher from Butte County.
Property owners have two options, they can fill out a Right of Entry form so the government can cut down their hazardous trees.
This is free of charge for those without insurance.
"In the government program there will be an assessment on each property to determine which trees are hazard trees, those trees will be marked and ultimately removed," said Hatcher.
If you do have insurance it is a little different.
"Then we will come after the tree removal is complete and we will collect that portion of your insurance proceeds. The reason we do that is we cannot duplicate any private benefit with taxpayer dollars," said Hatcher.
The other option is property owners can pay for private tree removal companies.
"If property owners feel they don't have any hazardous trees on their property, but are in the burn scar, and do have burned trees on their property, but they do not think they are threat to fall or think they would fall into the roadway, then they will go in the private program and request an inspection," explained Hatcher.
Paradise Town Mayor Jody Jones says this is a very important step to the rebuilding of Paradise.
"The burned trees are a danger to the population coming back to Paradise and we have to get rid of them," said Jones.
Victoria Sinclaire who has moved back up on the ridge after losing her home, agrees people need to make sure they are getting their trees removed.
"As a homeowner, it is really important to make sure you are contributing to the others around you. Not only for your own property value or for your sake, but for those in the community around you trying to rebuild and move forward," said Sinclaire.