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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Hazardous tree removal moves into new phase

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 8, 2020 12:50 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.

New this week, Kevin Phillips was selected as the new Town Manager. The Paradise Town Council will formally hire Phillips on July 14. He comes to Paradise after serving as District Manager of Paradise Irrigation District. 

Statistics Update

  • 1,076 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 917 Building Permits issued
  • 240 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)
  • 4,584 Tree ROE’s received (State Program)
  • 3,995 Tree ROE’s received (Private Program)

Other Updates

  • Paradise Private Hazardous Tree Removal Program Underway: Starting Tuesday, July 7, Tetra Tech will have four arborists in the field. This number will ramp up over time, according to the town. The arborists will be wearing blue vests with yellow safety stripes and TT logos. Vehicles will also have the Tetra Tech TT logo.
  • Broadband Feasibility Study: With a goal to provide broadband access to homes and businesses on the ridge, a study is under preparation.
  • Paradise Wastewater Treatment Project in Review: The Paradise Wastewater Treatment project is in preliminary engineering and environmental review. The new system proposes to connect 1,469 parcels in the sewer service area.
  • 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​.
  • Hope Plaza One Step Closer to Construction: Located at the corner of Foster Road and Skyway, Hope Plaza will serve as a place to reflect and inspire hope. All funds used for the project and maintenance are from private sources. No public funds will be used for the project. Read More
  • PID funding restored: The Paradise Irrigation District’s $7.3 million backfill from the State of California has been restored in the budget signed by Governor Newsom.
  • 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.
  • Rebuilding & Looking for Homeowner’s Insurance? The Rebuild Paradise Foundation has informative flyers listing local offices and which cover site/stick build and manufactured homes. 
  • The Camp Fire Shed Project is now accepting applications for Round 2: The second build will take place Aug. 30 through Sept. 18, 2020. If you applied for round 2 prior to COVID-19, there’s no need to reapply. Applications found here. Recap: If you owned a home on 11/8/2018 and lost your home or had significant damage due to the Camp Fire, are located within the burn scar area, currently living in an RV/Trailer/Tent, intend to rebuild and your insurance did not cover shed replacement, this program might be for you. Visit the criteria form to learn more.

Town FAQ

  • I just got a letter from the Fire Department about my property, what
    do I need to do?
    • The letter describes what needs to be done on the property. There are 3 different
      categories: General, Developed, and Undeveloped. Each of these has a subcategory
      that will have a check mark next to the violation that is to be corrected. If the box “other”
      is checked, there is a “comments” section on the third page that gives details on what
      needs to be completed. Most of the notices require the grasses and/or brush to be
      cut. Thirty calendar days are given to complete the work. After the 30 days, an
      inspection will be conducted to ensure the specified corrections have been made. If the
      actions described in the letter have not been completed, administrative citations will be
      issued, and ultimately the Town can abate the property at the owner’s expense. Find a
      list of weed abatement companies with Paradise Business Licenses here.



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