Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: BRC set to open Monday

Paradise Mayor Greg Bolin joined Action News Now to share the latest on Camp Fire recovery efforts.

Posted: Jan 23, 2020 12:38 PM
Updated: Jan 27, 2020 7:25 AM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Building Resiliency Center is opening on Monday, Jan. 27 at 8 a.m. Opening the BRC will help further the town's goal of getting residents back home as soon as possible.

The BRC will be a one-stop-shop for residents who are rebuilding or even considering rebuilding in Paradise. The Town of Paradise Building Department is relocating to the BRC to offer residents a better experience as our community rebuilds. There is more space, seating areas, and more permit technicians to help speed up the process.

Statistics Update

  • 1,131 water advisories lifted
  • 740 building permit applications received
  • 36 homes rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 514 building permits issued
  • PID said they expect to complete testing to all standing homes by March 2020.

Other Updates

Rebuild Advocates: Available to residents of the town of Paradise and Butte County to help navigate the process of rebuilding. The advocates can help people apply for loans and connect with contractors. You may call 530-872-6291 ext. 130 to schedule an appointment.

Test Burn: The Town of Paradise and Northern Recycling Waste Service will conduct a test burn of 2 air curtain burners at the green waste facility on American Way. The air curtain burners are an incinerator box with a bower that creates an air curtain over the top of the box.

The air curtain significantly reduces the ember and smoke production of the fire making the air curtain burners an efficient and environmentally friendly alternative means of disposing of burnable waste material. Once started, the test burn will run all day and through the night. There is no need to report this activity to emergency personal as the test burn is being conducted under close supervision from Town officials and NRWS employees.

Tree removal: The Government Hazard Tree Removal Program has not started yet, however, there are tree removal operations happening in Town. PG&E, as well as private contractors, are currently removing trees. PG&E Tree Removal subcontractors will have white temporary PG&E badges for identification and will mark trees 10 days prior to removal. They will also leave a white tag with a phone number to call as well as the information for the arborist who identified the tree(s) for removal. For more information, contact PG&E at

“Roadmap to Recovery” Solving Reconstruction Pricing Disputes Special Event is coming to Chico Saturday, January 25th, 2020, 10:30 am-2 pm at St. John the Evangelist, 2341 Floral Ave, Chico. This hands-on workshop will help you overcome roadblocks to rebuilding. We'll contact you once you're registered to let you know what documents you'll need to bring. Who should attend? Homeowners whose insured homes were damaged or destroyed in the Camp

Tree Removal: 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 at ROE forms may also be picked up at the Tree ROE Centers when they open. Community meetings will be held at various locations throughout the county in an effort to provide information about tree removal programs. Meeting dates and times, CLICK HERE.

  • 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 am - 5 p.m.

New business's opening: Ponderosa Gardens Motel will open on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m. It's located at 7010 Skyway, Paradise.

For a list of all open businesses, CLICK HERE.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • PID Regular Meeting
    • When: Wed. Feb. 19th from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
    • Where: 6332 Clark Road
  • Paradise Town Council Meeting
    • When: Tues. Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Town Hall
  • “Roadmap to Recovery” Special Event
    • When: Sat. Jan. 25th 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Where: St. John the Evangelist Church, 2341 Floral Ave, Chico
  • PID Community Meeting
    • When: Feb. 4th from 6-8 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Alliance Church
  • “Fridays for Lunch” Free Lunch
    • When: Fridays 12 to 1:30 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. Paradise
  • Paradise Community Dinner
    • When: Thursdays 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Where: Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road

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