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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Deadline approaching for Private Tree Removal Program

Here is our weekly assessment of fire recovery on the Ridge. Anchor Linda Watkins Bennett talks with representatives of the Town of Paradise every Wednesday to share the latest in rebuilding and recovery efforts and deadlines.

Posted: Oct 22, 2020 12:05 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Town of Paradise continues to make gains as it works to rebuild and recover after the Camp Fire. Action News Now anchor Linda Watkins-Bennett spoke with Paradise Disaster Recovery Director Katie Simmons who shared the latest statistics, deadlines, and information.


  • Community Information Meeting
    • When: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at 6 p.m.
    • Where: Virtually or in-person at 6491 Clark Road
    • Focus: Long term recovery plan progress

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Deadline to enroll in Private Hazard Tree Removal
    • October 30, 2020
  • Private Program "Cut by" deadline. By this date, property owners must cut their hazardous trees and remove them from their property. In the town, properties must also be certified clear of trees by this date.
    • December 4, 2020

Statistics Update

  • 1,297 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,158 Building Permits issued
  • 416 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 265 Multi-Family Permit Applications Received
  • 216 Multi-Family Permits Issued
  • 70 Multi-Family Permits Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • Enrollment in the Private Hazard Tree Removal Program ends on Oct. 30: Deadlines are approaching for hazardous tree removal! If you haven’t enrolled in any program and you wish to remove your hazardous trees yourself, please contact certified arborists to ensure they can remove your trees before December 4th – the deadline for assessing, marking, cutting, and removing trees from your property. Properties in the Town of Paradise also need to be certified clear of hazardous trees through a compliance inspection or signed Inspection Access Form by this date in the Private Program. If you are able to contract with an arborist in time, please enroll in the Private Program by Oct. 30 by calling the Tree ROE Center at 530.552.3030. Or, enrollment in the Government Hazard Tree Removal is still open. Click Here for more information.
  • Early warning system survey results and contract established: Progress on the Early Warning System for the Town of Paradise continues this week after Paradise Town Council contracted with Genasys Inc. for system design and scoping. Aspects of a proposed system being considered include a siren with multiple tones and voice capability, cell phone alert compatibility and re-establishing a connection to the Town’s AM Radio Station. Earlier this month, the Town of Paradise offered a survey for residents to express their priorities for an Early Warning System. 89% of those surveyed said an Early Warning System would make them feel safer living in Paradise, and 80% of respondents indicated they would prefer a siren which also included a voice message with emergency information. Nearly all those surveyed preferred a system which would alert them via cell phone in addition to a siren.
  • Assessments are Underway in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program: Step 1 in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program has begun. Arcadis and their subcontractors MGE and Davey – the certified arborists contracted for assessments in the Government Program – are on private property with ROEs in place assessing and marking trees for removal. As trees are assessed and marked, they are entered into a database to be tracked through the removal process. Tree removal will begin when tree-felling contracts are finalized under the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program. If you have
    questions about markings on your trees, please call the Tree Advocates at theTown of Paradise and we can share some common markings from the various tree removal programs now underway. Tree Advocates can be reached at 530.872.6291 x 162 or 163 or Click Here.
  • Two Paradise Volunteers Honored for Helping Vietnam Veterans: Trina Teibel and Corena Dixon were presented the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America(AVVA) National Cathy Keister Award “for selfless dedication in assisting Paradise Camp Fire survivors.” Many hours of helping were put in by both. An acknowledgment was held at the Building Resiliency Center in Paradise.
  • Paradise Recreation and Park District Dream Park Design Planning: Join Paradise Recreation and Park District (PRPD) in planning for the Noble Park on Thursday, October 22, at 4 p.m. on the corner of Pentz and Merrill Road. PRPD is seeking public input on the design of the new park and suggestions for how to make improvements to the initial design
  • Camp Fire Remembrance: Join the town of Paradise on the weekend of Saturday, November 7, and Sunday, November 8, for a variation of remembrance events in Paradise. More details will be released soon.
  • Déjà Vu Garden’s 4th Annual Peddler’s/Artisan Faire:Déjà vu – Gardens Galore Nursery is holding their 4th Annual Peddler’s/Artisan Fair this Saturday, October 24th. Local artisans with handmade gift items will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their location, 5424 Foster Road, Paradise. Learn more on the Déjà Vu Nursery Facebook page.
  • Progress is being made on Hope Plaza: The permanent Camp Fire Memorial planned for the Skyway/Foster triangle. Construction drawings anticipated to be complete by the end of the year. Fundraising for this project continues. Visit for more information.
  • “Tree Window” to Assist Resident Now Open at Town Hall The Town has opened a “tree window” at Town Hall to assist the public with hazard tree removal questions. Haven’t enrolled in a program yet and have
    questions? Stop by! It’s staffed by the Town’s Tree Advocates and is open M-Th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed for lunch from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Our Tree Advocates are also available by phone at (530) 872-6291 x162 or 163 and by
    email at
  • Tree Questions: Do you own property in Paradise and haven’t yet enrolled in one of the Hazard Tree Removal Programs? Call or email our Town of Paradise Tree Advocates: 530.872.6291 x162 and x163 or email
  • Government Hazard Tree Removal Update: The Government Hazard Tree Removal Program is currently in the field of assessing properties for hazardous trees. The tree felling has not yet begun as CalReycle works through the contracting process. The Town of Paradise said it will update property owners on the status of tree felling under Government Program as information becomes available from the State.
    • Download your ROE or inspection Access form here. You can mail the form to PO Box 3390 Chico, CA 95927-3390 or email to For questions, call the Tree ROE Information line at (530) 552-3030.
  • Are you a new property owner in Paradise? If you are rebuilding, we want to make sure you are informed on lot of upkeep during the process. Please contact the Town of Paradise if you have any questions regarding weed or tree removal on your property. If you wish to have your hazardous trees removed in the Government Hazard Tree Removal Program, please call the Tree ROE Center at 530.552.3030.
  • Rebuild Paradise releases their next master planned floor plan: The Flumes floor plan is the newest addition to their Residential Floor Plan library. Master Planned homes have had their plans partially approved through the Town of Paradise building department, saving time and money for those who are rebuilding. Find out more on their website.
  • Building Resiliency Center (BRC) remains open: The BRC continues to maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic to assist those seeking to rebuild. The center is open by appointment only and masks are required. The rebuild advocates are available to answer questions individuals may have. Call 530-872-6291 x411 to make an in-person appointment or phone appointment.
  • Have questions regarding your rebuild? If you need help navigating the rebuild process, the Town of Paradise has Rebuild Advocates available to assist. They can help with the following: Navigating insurance, FEMA or SBA, understanding additional financing options, selecting a contractor, submitting plants, or any part of the rebuild process. They are available at the Building Resiliency Center by appointment only. Please call 530.872.6291 x411 to make an in-person (depending on COVID status) or phone appointment today!

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