Our Future After the Fire: Where We Stand

Action News Now launched a new series of reports, Our Future after the Fire, each Thursday night and Friday morning exploring an issue with a long-term impact as a result of the fire.

Posted: Jun 13, 2019 6:51 PM

PARADISE, Calif. -- Since the moment the Camp Fire sparked the morning of November 8th, Action News Now has been following every angle of this disaster.

Over the past seven months, our team of reporters has had a unique lens on the fire and the people impacted. Where do we stand now? In this week's Our Future after the Fire, Laura Eng, shares some personal perspectives that were the most striking. 

"A lot of the times you're okay and then it just will hit you," said Jack Fellion, a Camp Fire survivor.

What do you do, when the home you loved, burns to the ground?

"There's three things that have kept me going," Fellion said. 

What do you rely on for support?

"My faith and devotion," Fellion said. 

Some people look within themselves.

"My sense of humor, those things have kept me going," Fellion said. 

Then we met some who had almost no hope.

Camp Fire survivor Dean Brecheisen had trouble finding a place to live outside of the Red Cross Shelter.

"I don't know what to do," Brecheisen said. 

For some survivors, one of the most difficult parts of the Camp Fire was not losing their homes.

"I'm cursed for being alone and blessed for having my property still here," said Ruby Branish, a Camp Fire survivor. "I don't think all the businesses will come back, I don't think they'll build all new homes."

For other Camp Fire Survivors, rebuilding was never a question.

"There was never a question we were going to come back. It just has to happen," said Jason Buzzard, a Camp Fire survivor.

In their home for just two years, the fire destroyed the Buzzards' house on Ramada Lane.

"Due to how many homes were destroyed there are going to be pockets of Paradise that aren't going to progress as fast as some people want or as fast as some people think it should," Buzzard said.

He has faith in his town rebuilding.

"It's all going to get cleaned up eventually. I'm not worried about it. It will get done when it gets done," Buzzard said.

Other survivors just can't wait to call Paradise home again.

"My furniture for my new house. Can you believe this," said Mare Reasons, a Camp Fire survivor.

Her rebuild permit came through just the week before her delivery.

"I mean, I've done everything to come back to what I love. I love this town," Reasons said. 

She says despite challenges like not having drinkable water, she's determined.

"I'm just moving forward you know, it will happen, but I'm patient, I can wait," Reasons said. 

The waiting and the hope, it's all about coming home.

"This is my home, I love Paradise with all my heart and will do anything I can to make this town better and stronger," Reasons said. 

Rebuilding the town will never be a straight line process, but with people like Mare, Jack and the Buzzard family it will always push forward.

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