BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Nearly eight months after the Camp Fire, locals in the Butte Creek Canyon are making progress on the road to recovery.
Sean McAndrew and his friend own a property in the canyon, downstream of the Honeyrun Covered Bridge. Their two-story home and all of its contents were burned in the first.
However, they decided to stay and rebuild because they feel the canyon provides and idyllic way of life.
"Being a part of this community, we have great neighbors here," McAndrew said. "There's music festivals down the street every spring [and] a diverse community. This is just the place that we want to be."
McAndrew and his friend were able to return to the canyon much more quickly than people with homes in Paradise. They got their lot cleared of debris in early March and were able to get a jump on that progress. They also found a contractor who was ready to get to work.
They are scheduled to pour the concrete foundation on July 3, and they plan to make the new home more fire safe with defensible space around it.