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Officers Escort Those with Critical Needs Back to Homes in Paradise

Officers are escorting hundreds of evacuees temporarily back to their homes in areas affected by the Camp Fire.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2018 5:23 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Officers are escorting hundreds of evacuees temporarily back to their homes in areas affected by the Camp Fire.

The service is set up for evacuees with critical needs who need to get back home temporarily.

A paradise police officer, Kassidy Honea, said about 25-35 people are escorted back home each day. Over the past 10 days, about 250-350 were taken home.

One of those evacuees is Rick Prinz, coach of the Paradise High School football team, who arrived back home for the first time since the Camp Fire. 

"It kind of puts you in limbo," Prinz said. "You don't know what to do until you get in and see what happened with the smoke, because there are things we kind of want to get our hands on. Then, I can kind of look at the house and evaluate whether I think it is livable or no, or how long we might be out." 

The service is only for those with priority circumstances, which includes: 

  • Recovering a car needed for work or living

  • Recovering items needed for work

  • Finding necessary medications or medical devices 

  • Recovering property evaluation by insurance adjusters

Those allowed back in the area via an escort are only allowed to look through the property for 15 minutes. 

To get more information on the rules and limitations with the escorts, as well as view the application form, CLICK HERE

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