Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: 'A feeling of normalcy in Paradise'

Paradise Mayor Jody Jones joined us at Action News Now to share the weekly Camp Fire recovery update.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 3:46 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - With the anniversary of the Camp Fire in less than two days, events coming up are being held throughout the town and county to remember those lives lost and the day of Nov. 8. For the full list of events, CLICK HERE.

Statistics Update

  • 649 water advisories lifted
  • 475 building permits issued
  • 12 homes have been rebuilt
  • 317 building permits issued

Other Updates

Paradise Ice Rink Returns: The ice rink is opening on November 7th! The Paradise Ice Rink is an outdoor seasonal ice rink that will be open daily (weather permitting). Public Skate, Adult Skate, Lessons, Private Rentals, and Party rooms are all offered.
Sunday- Thursday: 12 - 8 p.m.
Friday - 12 - 8 p.m. with teen skate night at 9 p.m. - 11: p.m. (additional charge)
Saturday - 12 -10 p.m. with skate lessons from 11:00 am to 12:00 p.m. (additional charge)

Tree removal program: The Paradise Town Council and the Butte County Board of Supervisors passed ordinances requiring the removal of hazard trees damaged by the Camp Fire from private property that may fall into public roadways. 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 Centers when they open. 

Three Tree ROE Centers open Monday, October 28th at the following locations:
Community Employment Center: 78 Table Mountain Boulevard, Oroville

  • Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Butte County Library, Paradise Branch Community Room: 5922 Clark Road, Paradise

  • Hours: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Butte County Library, Chico Branch: 1108 Sherman Avenue, Chico

  • Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Skyway will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 10:15 a.m. on Friday between Pearson and Elliott road: As the town expects large crowds at this event, they ask that you arrive early. Parking is available along Skyway and on side streets as well as in the Town Park and Rides. Skyway will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 10:15 a.m. on Friday between Pearson and Elliott Rd. For the safety of those attending this event, a detour has been created for vehicular traffic from Skyway to Pearson, Almond, Elliott and back to Skyway. The following roads will also be closed between Pearson and Elliott:

  • Foster between Pearson and Skyway
  • Birch between Almond and Skyway
  • Fir between Almond and Skyway

Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Paradise Town Council Meeting
    • When: Tues. Nov. 12th, 6 - 10 p.m.
    • Where: Town Hall, 5555 Skyway, Paradise
  • PID Community Meeting: Water Recovery Update
    • When: Mon. Nov. 18th, 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road
  • Paradise Community Dinner
    • When: Thursdays, from 6 - 8 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road  

For a full list of events that are observing the one year anniversary of the Camp Fire, CLICK HERE.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: Is the town planning on hiring another Code Enforcement Officer soon?
Answer: With all the rebuilding that is going on in Town, having someone to enforce Town Ordinances is very important. We currently have one full-time Code Enforcement Officer and one Part-Time Code Enforcement Officer who are actively following up on complaints and reaching out to residents to bring them into compliance with Town rules. As we see their workload increase, we will hire more Code Enforcement Officers to ensure we are able to keep up.

Question: What is the “annual septic op” that I see on my tax bill?
Answer: Due to the lack of a town sewer, the State Regional Water Quality Control Board authorized the Town as a Wastewater Management Zone in 1993. An ‘operating permit’ fee was adopted and charged on every septic system in town to fund that district. Regardless of use, each septic system installed in town is part of that wastewater district and the Town is responsible for tracking and reporting on each of those systems annually to the State.

Paradise Municipal Code section 13.04.220.B.3 states: “Each owner of a private wastewater disposal system shall pay fees to the town as adopted by resolution of the town council. All fees collected under this section shall be used for the following purposes:
a. Activities of the onsite wastewater zone
b. Processing and record-keeping
c. Stream and subsurface water monitoring
d. Investigations
e. Informational programs concerning on-site disposal systems."

Question: What services does the Town recommend for dealing with the trauma of the one-year anniversary bringing up a lot of emotions?
Answer: Milestone events after a disaster, like the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire, can be a difficult time for survivors. Fortunately, there are resources available for those needing some assistance.

The Disaster Distress Helpline
A 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

California HOPE of Butte County
Through outreach and education, California HOPE empowers and restores stability to fire survivors and fire-affected communities of Butte County. HOPE Counselors meet with fire survivors and their families on the survivor’s schedule, wherever they’re most comfortable. HOPE counselors facilitate educational and support group meetings for survivors and provide support at community events. Call 530-966-7382 or email to connect with a HOPE Counselor today. Also, find them on Facebook, HERE.

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