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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.

Posted: Oct 28, 2020 3:22 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

  • 1,306 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,168 Building Permits issued
  • 426 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

  • Camp Fire Remembrance: Join the Town of Paradise the weekend of Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November
    8 for remembrance events in Paradise. For more information, Click Here.
    • Nov. 6: Paradise Revival Festival
    • Nov. 7: Paradise Revival Festival, Oak and Native Tree Giveaway
    • Nov. 8: A Time to Reflect at 11:08 a.m., The Hope of Daffodils Art Show, Ridge Wellness Project, Joy Will Find a Way film
  • 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.
  • Transportation Study Funded by EDA Grant: The Town of Paradise took a major step forward in recovery this week with the award of $1.8 million from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a comprehensive transportation study. This study will conduct a holistic analysis of the Paradise transportation network and will outline critical gaps in infrastructure, conflicts, pinch points, and other barriers to potential future evacuation events. Using this information, the study will identify priorities and a plan for town-wide safety and circulation improvements.
  • 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 the town 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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