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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Update from Councilwoman Melissa Schuster

Paradise Town Councilwoman Melissa Schuster provided an update on debris removal and upcoming community meetings after the Camp Fire. Tune in to this segment every Wednesday on Action News Now at noon.

Posted: May 8, 2019 2:51 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Wednesday, May 8, officially marks six months since the start of the Camp Fire. 

Paradise Town Councilwoman Melissa Schuster provided an update on debris removal and upcoming community meetings after the Camp Fire.

Debris removal update

So far, 2,208 properties have had debris removed through the state program as of May 8. 

The county has certified 297 properties as clean. 

The county has issued 20 rebuilding permits and there are 60 building permits applications currently pending. 

Currently, 141 crews working on clearing debris. It will increase to 160 on May 15

Upcoming meetings and events

There are multiple events and meetings coming up that Camp Fire evacuees can attend.

Spring Regional Economic Summit

  • When: Thursday, May 9 at 9 a.m. 
  • Where: CARD Community Center (545 Vallombrosa, Chico)

Town of Paradise Council Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. 
  • Where: Paradise Town Hall at (5555 Skyway, Paradise)

Paradise Irrigation District Community Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. 
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church (6491 Clark Rd., Paradise) 

Special Town of Paradise Council Meeting - Presentation of Community Recovery Plan 

  • When: Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m. 
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church (6491 Clark Rd, Paradise) 

14th Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest

  • When: Saturday, June 1 at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Gold Country Casino Resort (4020 Olive Hwy. Oroville)

What's new

Westside Pizza reopened in Paradise this week at 5835 Clark Rd, Paradise. 

The Town is working to help residents with costs for tree removal and ignition resistant construction (fire resistant materials). Details will be provided as they become available.

Frequently asked questions'

Question: How long with the soil sample/Certification take?

Answer: Once the debris removal is completed, soil samples will be taken to determine if the remaining soil is clean of contaminants. The process takes about two weeks to receive certification that the soil is clear. If the soil does not test clear, the property will have to be scraped again, removing several more inches of soil, and will then be tested again.

Question: Is there a schedule for the debris removal?

Answer: There is not a long term schedule for debris removal through the State program, however, people can contact the Debris Removal Operation Center at 530-399-0434 or in person at 900 Fortress St, Suite 200, Chico for more information. People will receive a phone call 24 to 48 hours prior to the property being cleaned and they will be given further information about the process and the option of being there when the debris is removed. CLICK HERE for an interactive map of the debris removal process. 

Question: What happens if I want to sell my property before the debris is removed?

Answer: If you are selling a property or have sold a property with structural debris present, you can download an affidavit of Property Transfer for Government -sponsored Debris Removal Program by CLICKING HERE

Question: What’s going on with the trees?

Answer: The removal of dead and dying trees after the Camp Fire is of vital importance to rebuilding efforts. After the fire, PG&E and the Town of Paradise removed trees that were of immediate hazard or were in the public right of way to allow Paradise residents to return. Tree removal efforts are ongoing, and people will likely see many tree crews throughout Paradise. 

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