Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: $50,000 tree removal grant approved

The Paradise Irrigation District has completed its testing to all standing structures for possible water contamination.

Posted: Mar 4, 2020 1:39 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Paradise Irrigation District has completed its testing to all standing structures for possible water contamination.

The Butte Strong Fund committee said they have approved several grants, including a tree removal grant to help residents who do not qualify for the government program.

Statistics Update

834 Building Permit Applications Received
645 Building Permits issued
68 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
1,543 meters tested (completed)

Other Updates

  • Completed Water Testing: As mentioned above, the Paradise Irrigation District has completed testing standing structures for possible water contamination. Of the 1,543 meters tested, only a handful were determined to be contaminated. The district said they are expecting to finish repairs by the end of spring.
  • $50,000 for Tree Removal: The Butte Strong Fund committee announced it has approved several grants, including a $50,000 tree removal grant. The grant will help Paradise Alliance Church with a new service to help residents who do not qualify for the government program to remove trees. This program will partner with the Fuels Reduction Assistance Program.
  • Achieve Charter School Becomes California Distinguished School: On Friday, Achieve Charter School celebrated its recognition as a 2020 California Distinguished School, recognizing the schools that close the "achievement gap" between its high-income students and its low-income students.
  • Solving Reconstruction Pricing Disputes: Like the event in January, this will correct your insurance company's estimate to accurately reflect what you lost, learn how to obtain a dwelling estimate that is helpful in resolving your claim, reconcile your insurance company estimate with your contractor's estimate, have your reconstruction questions answered and find needed resources. This is a hands-on event and once you've registered, you will be let know what documents you'll need to bring. Staff and credentialed volunteers will be there to guide you through and answer questions. RSVP by emailing

RELATED: Paradise Irrigation District finishes water sampling

  • Rebuild Advocates: Rebuild advocates are available at the BRC to residents of the Town of Paradise and Butte County to help navigate the process of rebuilding and be on hand to help guide people through the rebuilding process. They can also help guide residents through the financial resources available to make rebuilding more affordable such as help people apply for loans and connect with contractors. You may call 530-872-6291 ext. 411 to schedule an appointment.
  • Accepting Donations for Community Development: The Butte Strong Fund says it is accepting inquiries from organizations seeking funding for community development projects in the Camp Fire burn area. Two funding cycles are planned in 2020. The first deadline to make a grant inquiry is March 15, the second and final deadline is Aug. 15. Only applications made via will be considered. Examples of potential projects could include museums, community centers, historic landmarks, gathering spaces and projects that inspire hope or are central to recovery. For information on eligibility and selection criteria, and how to apply, please go to CLICK HERE.
  • Housing Urgency Ordinance: After the fire, Paradise Town Council passed an urgency ordinance allowing displaced residents to temporarily live on their property in an RV. This urgency ordinance expires on December 31, 2020. Beginning January 1, 2021, you must have an active building permit to live on your property in an RV.
  • Hazardous Tree Removal: Hazard trees that could fall on a public or private road are required to be removed. Property owners may enter the Government Tree Program to have the trees removed by the State at no out-of-pocket cost. Enrollment in the Government Tree Program requires a Right-of Entry form. Property owners may also identify and remove hazard trees themselves but must submit an inspection form so an inspector may verify the removal of the hazard trees from the property. Property owners may also call the Tree ROE Center directly at (530) 552-3030 or submit Tree ROEs by email at The Tree ROE is available for download online, HERE. ROE forms may also be picked up at the Tree ROE Center at the Building Resiliency Center at 6295 Skyway in Paradise.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Elements of Health's ribbon cutting
    • When: Thursday, Mar. 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Where: 6407 Skyway
  • MTB Construction's ribbon cutting
    • When: Thursday, Mar. 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    • Where: 5610 Skyway
  • PID Regular Meeting
    • When: Wed. Mar. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Where: PID Board Room, 6332 Clark Road
  • Town Council Meeting
    • When: Tues, Mar. 10, 6 p.m.
    • Where: Town Hall, 5555 Skyway
  • Solving Reconstruction Pricing Disputes
    • When: Sat. Mar. 14, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Where: St. John’s the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 2341 Floral Ave Chico
  • Business Preparedness Workshop
    • When: Mon. Mar. 16, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Chamber of Commerce, 6161 Clark Road
  • “Fridays for Lunch” Free Lunch
    • When: Fridays, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Drive
  • Paradise Community Dinner
    • When: Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road

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