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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: 98% of properties cleared of debris

Paradise town councilman Steve Crowder joined Action News Now at the studio to give us very latest on Camp Fire recovery and rebuilding.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 1:23 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Paradise Town Councilman Steve Crowder told Action News Now that 98% of properties are cleared of debris. 

Debris Removal Update

  • As of Oct. 16, 2019, there have been 98% properties cleared of debris.
  • The county has certified 8,910 properties as clean of debris.
  • There have been 404 building permits issued
  • 9 homes have been rebuilt
  • 180 businesses open on The Ridge

Other Updates

  • Governor Newsom signs bill allowing Paradise emergency room: Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Saturday to allow Adventist Health to set up an emergency room in Paradise.
  • Youth organizations on the Paradise Ridge are celebrating the success of this year's 14th Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest. Youth on the Ridge Community Foundation awarded over $30,000 at a special ceremony held at the Johnny Appleseed festivities in Paradise. Did you know the Paradise Chocolate Fest’s proceeds raised from the festival provide vital support to non-profits that deliver educational, enrichment, recreational and leadership opportunities to youth on the Paradise Ridge. This year, twenty-nine programs have benefited from the “sweet rewards” of the Fest.
  • Tree Removal- Butte County Fire Safe Council Dead and Dying Tree Removal Program: This Tree Removal Project is focused on removing merchantable dead and dying trees over 12” in diameter that could inhibit new construction. Due to limited funding, Paradise can only help certain landowners who meet specific qualifications within the footprint. To Qualify, Landowners Must: Have pulled a building permit on the property where tree removal will be conducted. The property must be within the Camp Fire footprint. 70% of the dead and dying trees to be removed from the property must be conifers. Harvestable trees (Cedar, Pine, Fir) are necessary to offset the high costs of tree removal. Have at least 20 harvestable trees between the property with a building permit and those directly adjacent. Be paying for reconstruction themselves. Own property directly adjacent to properties with building permits pulled. Assistance from landowners receiving this announcement with contacting landowners directly adjacent to tree removal is appreciated.
  • Love Paradise – Make a Difference Day Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26th: For the last three years, the Love Paradise group has organized volunteers for days of service and beautification in the Paradise community. This year, in the aftermath of the Camp Fire, Love Paradise is back and ready to host another day of volunteering – this time to clean up our streets as we prepare to welcome our neighbors back to observe the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire on November 8th.
  • Voting for the new “Paradise” sign has started. Paradise was pleased to have received a number of inspiring submissions for the future Gateway to Paradise Sign. The thought, care, and passion shown by the designers is a testament to the creativity and strength of the community. Once the votes are tallied, the town will make a formal announcement of the winner and progress towards plans permitting and construction. The sign committee is doing their absolute best to make sure that past and present residents of Paradise have the ability to observe the 7 designs and vote. Voting can be done through online voting HERE 
  • Ribbon Cuttings coming: 
    • Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. Paradise - Oct. 24th, 2019 5-6:30 pm
    • Aurora Ridge Homes, 5910 Clark Road, Ste G Paradise - Oct. 30th, 2019 5-7:00 p.m.
    • Secrets of Paradise, 6433 Skyway Paradise - Oct. 17, 2019, 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • It has been nearly one year since the Camp Fire, and many events are being planned for the week of November 8th. The Town will hold several events on Friday, November 8th:
    11:08 am: 86 seconds of silence for the 86 lives lost, and the unveiling of the “Key Phoenix” – Building Resiliency Center - 6295 Skyway
    12:00 pm: Groundbreaking ceremony at Camp Fire Memorial – Skyway/Foster Triangle.
    6:30 pm: Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony – Paradise Alliance Church 6491 Clark Rd.
  • For a full list of Camp Fire one year events, CLICK HERE

Upcoming Meetings & Events

There are multiple events and meetings coming up that the public can attend.

Paradise Town Council Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6-10 p.m.
  • Where: 5555 Skyway

Special Town Council Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m.
  • Where: 5555 Skyway

Paradise Community Dinner

  • When: Thursdays from 6-8p.m.
  • Where: 6491 Clark Rd

Building Resiliency Center Grand Opening

  • When: Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m.
  • Where: 6295 Skyway Paradise

Paradise Community Information Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church

Phoenix Key Project Tribute Reveal

  • When: Friday, Nov. 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: 6295 Skyway Paradise

86 Seconds of United Silence

  • When: Friday, Nov. 8 from 11:05-11:10 a.m.

Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony

  • When: Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church

Love Paradise Make a Difference Days

  • When: Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct 26
  • Where: Paradise Community Park, 5592 Black Olive drive

Unveiling Phoenix Key Project

  • When: Nov. 8, at 11:15 a.m.
  • Where: 6295 Skyway Paradise

Ground Breaking at Hope Plaza

  • When: Nov. 8, at 12 p.m.
  • Where: 6148 Skyway

Paradise Fire Commemoration Ceremony

  • When: Nov. 8th, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church

Adventist Health Feather River Camp Fire Remembrance Event

  • When: Nov. 9th, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Hospital Campus


Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is there assistance for tree removal on properties with standing homes?

Answer: Yes. The Town is offering a program where properties with standing homes can get financial assistance to remove hazardous trees. There are income and other guidelines that must be met for this program, you can find more information about that, CLICK HERE.

Cal OES recently announced a program that will remove trees on private property that may fall into the public right of way. Properties with standing homes are included in this program. Guidelines for this program are being worked out right now, however, we know it will work in a similar way as the debris removal program where property owners must sign a Right of Entry Form (ROE) to register for the program. More information on this program will be available soon.

Question: Where can I see a full list of events for November 8th? Is the Town of Paradise hosting something specific?

Answer: The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce has a list of events surrounding the anniversary of the Camp Fire. You can find this list, CLICK HERE

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