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Paradise Rebuilding and Recovery: Survivors helping during a pandemic

One local artist is helping kids get creative while stuck at home. Also, Miss Magalia Teen donated 4,500 masks to the county!

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 1:39 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2020 1:47 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - The town shared some good news about local good doings.

ESPN's "Paradise: From the Ashes" documentary was nominated for a Sports Emmy! The documentary focused on the high school football team after the Camp Fire and showed its effect on Paradise through the team. Because of the coronavirus, the ceremony has been postponed.

Local artist Jessie Mercer, known for her phoenix key sculpture in Paradise, is putting together a thousand art kits for students who are stuck at home during the pandemic. The "You Matter Bags" have different art supplies with a note encouraging the kids to move forward.

RELATED: 'Paradise: From The Ashes' nominated for Sports Emmy

Mercer has a YouTube channel where she is offering art lessons, self-care activities and fun, and healthy indoor activity ideas for families. Right now, the kits are only available to specific schools in Paradise and Magalia but Mecer hopes to expand the project beyond.

Lastly, HeartShine's Miss Magalia Teen & Winter Teen Queen Leah, and her family, donated over 4,500 surgical masks to her local Alliance church distribution center. With help from Sheriff Honea, the mask will be going to where they are needed.

For any coronavirus information, the town encourages you to call the Butte County Public Health hot-line at 530-552-3050 or visit their website, HERE. Butte County residents may also dial 211 any time of day for information and updates. You may also text your zip code to 898211 but it is only available Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For last week's town update, CLICK HERE.

Statistics Update

  • 910 Building Permit Applications Received
  • 736 Building Permits issued
  • 90 Homes Rebuilt (certificate of occupancy issued)

Other Updates

  • BRC Open by Appointment Only: If you have questions, you can call 530-872-6291 ext. 411 or email For building or septic questions, you can also call the above mainline number. For rebuild advocates, call 530-872-6291 ext. 429 or 430. 
  • Closure of Town Hall: Services will continue by phone for the Town Hall. You can contact the correct department by calling the numbers below:
    • General: 530-872-6291 ext. 102
    • Building Resiliency Center: 530-872-6291 ext. 411
    • Finance: 530-872-6291 ext. 121
    • Code Enforcement: 530-872-6291 ext. 124
    • Housing Loans: 530-872-6291 ext. 122
  • Delivery Task Force: Through Butte County's Department of Employment and Social Services, a Delivery Task Force has been set up for those who have been told to self-isolate or be in quarantine with no support system and are waiting for coronavirus test results. The task force can deliver groceries and prescriptions but payment must be done in advance. If payment assistance is needed, staff will work on getting a prepacked box of food from a local food bank. If you are interested in the delivery service, call 211 or the county's coronavirus call center at 530-552-3050.

RELATED: Local artist gives away free art kits to students

  • Skyway-Black Olive Road Work: Construction has begun at the intersection of Skyway and Black Olive to include a new traffic signal, ADA accessibility improvements and minor road repairs. This $800,000 project on the historically dangerous intersection will continue through June.
  • Adventist Health's Virtual Services: Adventist Health has launched its virtual services so people can remain seeing doctors but from the safety of their homes. To participate in a virtual visit, a patient needs a computer or phone with a working camera and microphone. Those who have scheduled in-person appointments are being contacted to try and reschedule for a virtual meeting. This is covered by most insurance plans.
  • $2.3 Million Available for Rebuild & Repair Needs: Currently, there is $2.3 million in local, state, and federal funds available to assist eligible households, who were under-insured or not insured, with their housing reconstruction and repairs. These funds are offered as deferred loans. They can be applied towards a variety of housing rehabilitation needs, including reconstruction of a home damaged or destroyed by the fire, correcting unsafe or unsanitary conditions, eliminating code violation, and weatherization and repairs to ensure handicap accessibility when combined with other repairs. For more information, call the Rebuild Advocates at 530-872- 6291 ext. 411. At this time, the advocates are only taking over the phone appointments.

RELATED: Action News Now's Coronavirus Coverage

  • Local Businesses: The town has set up a page for local businesses who are being flexible and staying open. For the most up-to-date list of open businesses, CLICK HERE.
  • School Closures: The Butte County Office of Education announced that schools will remain closed to in-person instruction through May 1, 2020, at the earliest. Find more information on the closures, HERE.

RELATED: Adventist Health introduces virtual appointments

  • Housing Urgency Ordinance: Following the fire, the 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. Meaning, beginning January 1, 2021, you must have an active building permit to live on your property in an RV.
  • 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 Events & Meetings

All meetings have been canceled. As a way to keep the community safe, the April Community Information Meeting was postponed until further notice.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 815654

Reported Deaths: 15782
Los Angeles2692846551
San Bernardino54849952
San Diego46985781
Santa Clara21294318
San Joaquin20357447
Contra Costa16702206
San Francisco11238101
San Mateo9950150
Santa Barbara9133113
San Luis Obispo359729
Santa Cruz23799
San Benito134811
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