Contractors clear damaged trees for Paradise High School graduation

The Paradise High School campus remains closed, 6 months after the Camp Fire. But despite that, plans are in place for seniors to graduate in June - on their campus.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 6:21 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2019 10:30 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise High School campus remains closed, 6 months after the Camp Fire.

But despite that, plans are in place for seniors to graduate in June - on their campus.

"We're Paradise High School we have to have a graduation in Paradise," a senior student said.

And thanks to some hard work and generosity - that's going to happen.

Though the school was spared from the flames, the Camp Fire did damage about 400 trees around the high school's campus. And those trees must be removed because they pose as a safety threat.

Now, contractors are donating their time to get the job done so that graduation can happen - where it's supposed to happen.

"It makes me feel really good cause I hope we can go down there and graduate by the time graduation comes," a senior student said.

"It makes me feel really excited because I want to have everyone together and back onto the field where we did football games and just a whole bunch of stuff," a senior student said.

Calli-Jane DeAnda with the Butte Fire Safe Council, said trees that need removal are along the bike trail behind the baseball fields and in between the football field.

Action News Now spoke with a Bobcat alumna, Lora Lee Martin, who visited the campus for the first time after the fire.

"Across the street, the homes of all the kids I grew up with were gone however and so it's very strange effect and everyone up here knows the fire just skipped around," Martin said.

Martin said the timber removal and preparation for graduation gives her hope.

"This is an awesome school and these kids are really tough to have gone through what they've gone through and to be able to finish up here is perfect," Martin said.

Tree removal will begin May 1 and will be completed before graduation on June 6.

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