Man Brings Supplies to Those Stuck in Foothills Snow

The Skyway closure early Tuesday morning slowed recovery work in the Camp Fire burn area, and others headed up anyways, worried about the people living off the power grid in RVs this week.

Posted: Feb 5, 2019 12:06 PM
Updated: Feb 6, 2019 8:23 AM

Paradise, Calif. -- "I haven't seen snow this low down in a few years"

Stephen Murray woke up freezing in Chico. It was hailing! He quickly realized people in Paradise needed some help today.

But the Skyway was shut down.

"It just brought back memories to where I knew I could get into town, I've lived here for 31 years. So I just came up honey run and I'm going to start handing out propane to my friends and family who are stuck in town now," said Murray.

Murray evacuated after the Camp Fire, but many of his friends have returned to their Paradise lots.

Most of the people who've moved back into the burned area are living in RVs, they're not tied into the power grid, and it can make weather like this really dangerous.

"These people that are here, they don't even have the proper jackets and stuff, it's 32 degrees - they have no idea," said Murray.

Murray made it up to Paradise - but dozens of people who hit the Skyway just before the snow picked up were stuck. Some in traffic, others snowbound.

"This is unusual and it's the first time I've experienced this as Paradise Police Chief so we're just trying to get the roadway cleared up, we've set some road closures to limit the traffic on the roads until we can get them plowed." said Paradise Police Chief Eric Reinbold.

While town and county public works were quick with the snow plows, many Camp Fire recovery crews were called off.

"I think we were sitting there for about 45 minutes before we were able to actually move, now we're just waiting here for the boss the decide if were going to work at all," said recovery worker Sergio Lares.

But, snow or shine, Murray's on a mission.

"Paradise is snowy but Magalia has twice as much snow. I don't know if people can get to Magalia today but i'm going to try. I've got my truck, I'm going to tow some people out this morning and just continue doing the recovery."

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Quiet, beautiful and very warm weather for California today, but a lot of changes are coming over the next week. The first of several disturbances will approach on Tuesday, and it will lead to more wind, mainly mtn showers/t'storms, and a cooldown.
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