CHICO, 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.
The deadline to sign up for hazardous tree removal in the Camp Fire burn zone is Friday, Jan. 17. Ginessa Stark from CAL OES along with Jenna Johnson, one of the 'Zone Captains" in Paradise joined Action News Now at noon to share what you need to know.
If you choose to go with the state program, you will sign the right of entry form (ROE). Then officials will come in and take all the trees that are hazardous to the public right away, with no out of pocket cost to the owners, Stark said.
If you want to take the trees down yourself, you can hire a private contractor to do so. If you have already had the trees taken down, CAL OES said you still need to sign the inspection access form. That allows the officials to go, make sure that you’re complying with the ordinance, and get you signed off. Afterward, you can get your rebuild permits.
Jenna Johnson, one of the 'Zone Captains" in Paradise joined in on the interview.
The “zone project” started after the Tubbs Fire in Santa Rosa. The purpose is to increase communication and hear the needs that exist out of the survivors, Johnson said.
“Regardless if you’re rebuilding or not, we recognize that many people are still displaced, but you still need to sign the ROE,” Johnson said. “Without having full areas in compliance, the progress of the rebuilds is being slowed down.”
So far, more than 1,700 people have said they'll do it themselves. The Tree ROE is available for download online HERE.