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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Over 1,000 building permits issued

The Town of Paradise continues to make gains as it works to rebuild and recover after the Camp Fire. Disaster Recovery Manager, Katie Simmons, spoke with Action News Now Linda Watkins-Bennett with what you need to know.

Posted: Jul 22, 2020 3:48 PM
Updated: Jul 29, 2020 12:03 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The Town of Paradise continues to make gains as it works to rebuild and recover after the Camp Fire. Disaster Recovery Manager, Katie Simmons, spoke with Action News Now Linda Watkins-Bennett with what you need to know.

Paradise Recreation and Parks District is holding a Photo Fishing Derby contest for catches on Paradise Lake. Residents can vote for the biggest fish and marvelous minnow. Other categories include exciting strike, most hilarious blooper, most adorable fisherperson and photo Finnish (best scenic photo). Click Here to cast your vote before July 31.

Statistics Update

  • 1,269 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 1,027 Building Permits issued
  • 262 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • Hazardous Tree Progress: Within two weeks, the program has assessed 25% of properties, (nearly 2,000 parcels) that include both the enrolled and unenrolled properties. Over 50% are shown to have no hazardous trees. Tetra Tech arborists continue to be out in the field assessing trees in Paradise. They are wearing blue vests with yellow safety stripe and a TT logo. Vehicles also contain a Tetra Tech TT logo.
  • Input Requested: The UC Cooperative Extension in Northeastern California is interested in how residents are preparing for wildfire. The survey is 15 to 20 minutes and helps to tailor programs to best serve local residents. Click Here to take the survey.
  • Free PPE distribution for Butte County small businesses: On July 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., small businesses can visit the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce to receive free disposable surgical masks and hand sanitizer provided by the state. 
  • Building Resiliency Center 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.
  • COVID-19 Meal Service: Paradise Unified School District is launching its COVID-19 Meal Service Plan on June 5. The plan will run until Aug. 7 and is available to all kids 18 and under. Meals are distributed on Monday through Friday. Each child will receive two days worth of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Click Here for times and locations, or call Tanya Harter at 530-720-5552.
  • Help Keep Paradise Fire Safe: If you own a lot in Paradise, it is your responsibility to maintain it. If you need help clearing your lot of weeds and brush, you can contact a local company who can do the work for you. Find a list of companies with Paradise Business Licenses, ​HERE​.
  • ROEs and Inspection Access Forms: The Butte County ROE Center is still accepting ROEs and Inspection Access Forms. ​Inspections are scheduled to begin in mid-June and tree felling is scheduled to begin in July. Download your ROE or inspection Access form HERE. You can mail the form to 205 Mira Loma Dr., Ste 50, Oroville CA 95965 or email it to ​​. For questions, call the Tree ROE Information line at (530) 552-3030.
  • Important: As of January 1, 2021, the rules about living in RVs on private lots in town will change back to pre-fire rules. You will be required to be actively rebuilding a permanent home on your property (different than a temporary RV permit) to continue living on your property in an RV. For information on the building process and to connect with financial resources for rebuilding, contact Rebuild Advocates at (530) 872-6291 x429 and x430.
  • 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.


  • Community Information Meeting
    • When: Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.
    • Where: In-person (depending on COVID-19 status) at the Paradise Alliance Church or streamed online via Facebook and YouTube
  • Town Council Meeting
    • When: Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.
    • Where: In-person (depending on COVID-19 status) at Town Hall, 5555 Skyway or Click Here to watch online



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