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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Tree removal project update

Paradise town councilman Mike Zucolillo joined our Linda Watkins-Bennett for the latest update on Paradise recovery and rebuilding.

Posted: Oct 9, 2019 1:18 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - A tree removal project is focusing on removing merchantable dead and dying trees over 12" in diameter that could inhibit new construction.

Debris Removal Update

  • As of Oct. 9, 2019, there have been 10,879 properties cleared of debris.
  • The county has certified 8,440 properties as clean of debris.
  • There have been 394 building permits issued
  • 6 homes have been rebuilt

Other Updates

  • Tree Removal- Butte County Fire Safe Council Dead and Dying Tree Removal Program: This Tree Removal Project is focused on removing merchantable dead and dying trees over 12” in diameter that could inhibit new construction. Due to limited funding, Paradise can only help certain landowners who meet specific qualifications within the footprint. To Qualify, Landowners Must: Have pulled a building permit on the property where tree removal will be conducted. The property must be within the Camp Fire footprint. 70% of the dead and dying trees to be removed from the property must be conifers. Harvestable trees (Cedar, Pine, Fir) are necessary to offset the high costs of tree removal. Have at least 20 harvestable trees between the property with a building permit and those directly adjacent. Be paying for reconstruction themselves. Own property directly adjacent to properties with building permits pulled. Assistance from landowners receiving this announcement with contacting landowners directly adjacent to tree removal is appreciated.
  • Love Paradise – Make a Difference Day Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26th: For the last three years, the Love Paradise group has organized volunteers for days of service and beautification in the Paradise community. This year, in the aftermath of the Camp Fire, Love Paradise is back and ready to host another day of volunteering – this time to clean up our streets as we prepare to welcome our neighbors back to observe the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire on November 8th.
  • Voting for the new “Paradise” sign has started. Paradise was pleased to have received a number of inspiring submissions for the future Gateway to Paradise Sign. The thought, care, and passion shown by the designers is a testament to the creativity and strength of the community. Once the votes are tallied, the town will make a formal announcement of the winner and progress towards plans permitting and construction. The sign committee is doing their absolute best to make sure that past and present residents of Paradise have the ability to observe the 7 designs and vote. Voting can be done through online voting HERE 
  • Paradise Revival Festival is this weekend - Produced for Paradisians by Paradisians, this event continues the commitment to community events. It’s an opportunity to connect, engage and heal through music, art, and workshops. 7 live bands, free massage and acupuncture treatments, and more. Visit
  • Ribbon Cuttings coming: Paradise Lutheran Church, 780 Luther Dr. Paradise - Oct. 24th, 2019 5-6:30 pm
    Aurora Ridge Homes, 5910 Clark Road, Ste G Paradise - Oct. 30th, 2019 5-7:00 pm
  • It has been nearly one year since the Camp Fire, and many events are being planned for the week of November 8th. The Town will hold several events on Friday, November 8th:
    11:08 am: 86 seconds of silence for the 86 lives lost, and the unveiling of the “Key Phoenix” – Building Resiliency Center - 6295 Skyway
    12:00 pm: Groundbreaking ceremony at Camp Fire Memorial – Skyway/Foster Triangle.
    6:30 pm: Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony – Paradise Alliance Church 6491 Clark Rd.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

There are multiple events and meetings coming up that the public can attend.

Paradise Town Council Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6-10 p.m.
  • Where: 5555 Skyway

Paradise Community Dinner

  • When: Thursdays from 6-8p.m.
  • Where: 6491 Clark Rd

Paradise Community Information Meeting

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church

Phoenix Key Project Tribute Reveal

  • When: Friday, Nov. 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: 6295 Skyway Paradise

86 Seconds of United Silence

  • When: Friday, Nov. 8 from 11:05-11:10 a.m.

Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony

  • When: Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Paradise Alliance Church

Paradise Revival Festival

  • When: Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13.
  • Where: Terry Ashe Park

Love Paradise Make a Difference Days

  • When: Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct 26
  • Where: Paradise Community Park, 5592 Black Olive drive


Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What is happening with Trees?

Answer: Public assistance funding has been approved for a Hazard Tree Removal Program to remove trees on private property that may fall on public roads. More information about the program, which parcels are eligible, and how to enroll will follow in the next few weeks. The Town is also applying for funding through FEMA for hazard mitigation which will assist with tree removal. We should find out whether funding has been awarded in the next few months. The Butte County Fire Safe Council has also announced a new program to address hazard trees on private property. View the guidelines, HERE
The deadline to enroll is October 25th, 2019. This program will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis and help cannot be guaranteed to all qualified landowners. The deadline to enroll is October 25th, 2019. This program will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis and help cannot be guaranteed to all qualified landowners.
To enroll, contact: Taylor Nilsson at the Butte County Fire Safe Council
Phone - (530) 966-1620
Email -

Question: Where can people find out information on insurance for manufactured homes?

Answer: Information on Insurance was presented at the last Community Meeting on October 1st, although insurance for manufactured homes was not part of that meeting. You can watch that meeting HERE: The Rebuild Paradise Foundation is putting together more information on manufactured home insurance and they will present it at a future community meeting. The California Department of Insurance is a good resource for questions on insurance. Contact them through their website, HERE

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