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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Defensible space and rebuilding

Cal Fire is also reminding property owners defensible space and hazardous fuel reduction are required for all properties in the town.

Posted: Feb 26, 2020 1:01 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Paradise rebuilders who might need financial assistance for rebuilding can receive deferred, low-interest loans up to $205,000. For more information and to see if you qualify, email or call the housing technicians at (530) 872-6291 ext. 122.

The Home Builders Resource Connection is taking place on Friday, Feb. 28. There are various contractors that will be a part of an opportunity to meet with rebuilders to learn what they need to know to rebuild.

Cal Fire is also reminding property owners defensible space and hazardous fuel reduction are required for all properties in the town.

Statistics Update

  • 1,531 Water Advisories lifted
  • 821 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 629 Building Permits issued
  • 55 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued

Other Updates

Defensible Space and Hazardous Fuel Reduction: Cal Fire is reminding all Paradise property owners that defensible space and hazardous fuel reduction are required for all properties within the town. Creating defensible space around your home and reducing overgrown or dead vegetation on vacant lots are vital steps in wildfire safety. Removing and disposing of vegetation can reduce the likelihood of your house or your neighbor’s house burning down during a wildland fire. For more information on requirements see Chapter 8.58 Defensible Space and Hazardous Fuel Management of Paradise Municipal Code at

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Home Builders Resource Connection: Rebuild Paradise, Paradise Chamber of Commerce, Butte College, Paradise Realtors Association, Chico Builders Association, and Valley Contractors Exchange will be at the Paradise Alliance Church for the Home Builders Resource Connection on Friday. This is a special opportunity to connect with local agencies, realtors, architects, general contractors, lenders, insurance agents and more. This event is free to the public.

Housing Urgency Ordinance: After the fire, Paradise Town Council passed an urgency ordinance allowing displaced residents to temporarily live on their property in an RV. This urgency ordinance expires on December 31, 2020. Beginning January 1, 2021, you must have an active building permit to live on your property in an RV.

Community Information Meeting: Happening March 3, the focus of this meeting will be insurance focused and how to navigate tree removal within your insurance policy. Local insurance agencies will be tabling after the meeting and ready to meet and connect with the community.

Businesses Opening: Proframe Construction, Inc. will have a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. On March 5, Elements of Health will have a ribbon-cutting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 pm at 6407 Skyway.

Paradise Trail Cameras: The Police Officer Association was granted $10,000 by Farmers Insurance to go towards new trail cameras in Paradise. These cameras will be helpful in deterring crime on properties that may be uninhabited and help provide police with the ability to be in more places at once. They hope to have the project moving ahead in March.

RELATED: Trail cameras to benefit Paradise police and locals

Accepting Donations for Community Development: The Butte Strong Fund says it is accepting inquiries from organizations seeking funding for community development projects in the Camp Fire burn area. Two funding cycles are planned in 2020. The first deadline to make a grant inquiry is March 15, the second and final deadline is Aug. 15. Only applications made via will be considered. Examples of potential projects could include museums, community centers, historic landmarks, gathering spaces and projects that inspire hope or are central to recovery. For information on eligibility and selection criteria, and how to apply, please go to CLICK HERE.

Butte County Museum Weekend: The event was created to promote and celebrate history, art, and culture through Butte County’s museums and cultural centers. All participating locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on both Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1 for free, so visitors can have full access to the wide range of Butte County’s cultural offerings. There will be a complimentary shuttle looping between museums in both Chico and Oroville. For more information CLICK HERE.

Rebuild Advocates: Rebuild advocates are available at the BRC to residents of the Town of Paradise and Butte County to help navigate the process of rebuilding and be on hand to help guide people through the rebuilding process. They can also help guide residents through the financial resources available to make rebuilding more affordable such as help people apply for loans and connect with contractors. You may call 530-872-6291 ext. 411 to schedule an appointment.

Hazardous Tree Removal: Hazard trees that could fall on a public or private road are required to be removed. 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 Center at the Building Resiliency Center at 6295 Skyway in Paradise.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Home Builders Resource Connection

  • When: Friday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church Gym, 6491 Clark Road

Community Information Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, March 3, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road

Butte County Museum Weekend

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Where: Locations vary

“Fridays for Lunch” Free Lunch

  • When: Fridays, noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Drive

Paradise Community Dinner

  • When: Thursdays, 6: p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road

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