Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: An update from Town Councilwoman Melissa Schuster

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

Posted: Jun 26, 2019 2:49 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Paradise Town Councilwoman Melissa Schuster provided an update on debris removal and upcoming meetings after the Camp Fire.

Debris Removal Update

  • As of June 26, 2019, there have been 5,588 properties cleared of debris.
  • There are currently 151 crews working on debris removal, making between 10-20 trips per day. Overall, there are between 1,500-3,000 trips being made in and out of Paradise for debris removal each day.
  • The county has certified 1,662 properties as "clean of debris."
  • There have been 65 building permits issued

Other Updates

The Clark Road Laundromat reopened at 5837 Clark Road, Paradise. There are currently 171 businesses open on the ridge, according to the Paradise Chamber of Commerce.

July 1 is the deadline to get a business license at no cost. Any business operating in Paradise is required to have a license and after July 1 they cost $40. 

The Paradise Chamber of Commerce has provided a rebuilding guide for the time. To view it, CLICK HERE.

The Paradise Town Council voted unanimously to adopt the Long-Term Community Recovery Plan at Tuesday night's meeting. To view the full plan, CLICK HERE.  

The Home Builders Resource Expo Exhibitor Registration is now open. For more information, CLICK HERE

Upcoming Meetings & Events

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

Party in the Park 

  • When: Wednesday, June 26 at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Where: Paradise Community Park 

Drinking water and plumbing after the Camp Fire

  • When: Thursday, June 27 from 4 - 8:30 p.m. 
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church (6491 Clark Road, Paradise)

July 4 in the Park with USAF Band

  • When: Thursday, July 4 from 3 - 6 p.m. 
  • Where: Paradise Community Park 

Home Builders Resource Expo

  • When: Saturday, June 29-30
  • Where: Silver Dollar Fairgrounds (2357 Fair St., Chico)

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is the latest update on trees? Where should we report trees that need removal?

Answer: Trees remain a top priority for the town of Paradise. For trees in the public right of way, the town has hired an arborist to identify trees that need to be removed. So far, about 3,900 have been identified by the arborist, and they will be removed over the next 4 to 8 months.

For trees on private property, the town is still working with recovery partners, Cal OES and FEMA, on a program that would help with the cost of removal. The Butte County Fire Safe Council is also applying for grants that will help property owners offset the cost to remove trees on private property. As soon as these programs are confirmed, the town will make the information about how to apply available.

Question: What is the latest update on abatement?

Answer: All properties in the Town of Paradise with qualifying debris must have the debris removed for health and safety reasons. If a property owner has not turned in paperwork for either the state program or the alternative (private contractor) program, the property will go into the abatement process to remove the debris.

After the property owner has been given a final opportunity to remove the debris, the debris will be removed by the town, utilizing the state debris removal teams at the expense of the property owner. The abatement process is generally more expensive than using either the state program or a private contractor, and we advise anyone who has not selected an option at this point to please contact Butte County at 530-552-3155 to avoid the abatement process and select an option now.

Question: What are the top 3 reasons a resident should attend Home Builder Expo?

Answer: Town of Paradise officials encourage those looking to rebuild in the town to attend the Home Builder Expo. It is a great place to start, and it’s free to attend.

Here are three reasons to attend the expo:

  • People will find informational booths from the Town of Paradise Building Department, Butte County, Cal OES, Paradise Irrigation District, Zone Captains and more. 
  • Over 90 vendors will be on hand to share information about building materials and techniques, manufactures homes, modular homes, stick built homes, and concrete and financing.
  • Classes and educational sessions will be available on subjects like how to choose a contractor, avoiding scams, financing help, etc.

There will also be local food trucks and a children’s play area.


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