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Paradise rebuilding and recovery: Update from Town Councilman Michael Zuccolillo

Paradise Town Councilman Michael Zuccolillo provided an update on debris removal and upcoming community meetings after the Camp Fire. Tune in to this segment every Wednesday on Action News Now at noon.

Posted: May 15, 2019 3:01 PM
Updated: May 17, 2019 11:39 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Town Councilman Michael Zuccolillo provided an update on debris removal and upcoming community meetings after the Camp Fire.

Debris Removal Update

  • As of May 15, 2019, 3,138 properties have been cleared of debris.
  • There are currently 141 crews working to clear debris in Paradise. 
  • The county has certified 504 properties as "clean of debris."
  • Twenty building permits have been issued, however, due to IT problems the town was not able to issue any this past week. 

Other Updates

Paradise Irrigation District Meeting: If you missed the May 14 meeting, it will be available online HERE or a recap can be viewed HERE.

Paradise Sewer Project: The Paradise Town Council voted to move forward with the Paradise Sewer Project now that state and federal legislators are providing funding. The council chose the local treatment plan option to keep local control and provide jobs in Paradise. The sewer would still be for commercial areas of Paradise only. View the video of the meeting HERE

Upcoming Meetings & Events

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

Town of Paradise Council Meeting - Presentation of community recovery plan

14th Annual Paradise Chocolate Fest

Home Builders Resource Expo

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is there any information on weed control?
Weed abatement is the same as before the fire, which is the responsibility of the property owner. The town has an ordinance requiring landscaping to be maintained so that it does not cause a fire hazard. The town enforcement officer is contacting property owners who need to take actions on their properties. 

Any Paradise resident can now file a complaint to the code enforcement officer by clicking HERE. Residents can also call Rick at 530-872-6291, extension 124, or email him at

Question: What can we do about all the mosquitos?
Mosquitos are a huge issue for the town of Paradise this year largely due to the fire. The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District said there are things that residents can do to help. For more information on individual treatments and precautions, click HERE. Residents can also report any standing water found on properties to the district by clicking HERE

Question: What is the status of debris removal being delayed by the discovery of an endangered frog?
Cal OES has released the following statement:

"Every debris removal operation is unique and requires regular adjustments by state planning and operations teams. Due to requirements related to the protection of various endangered species and ecosystems, the Consolidated Debris Removal team is working alongside agencies including Cal Recycle, water boards, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other to ensure Camp Fire debris removal operations for properties located within close proximity to a body of water pose no additional threat to these ecosystems. As we wait on a resolution to the matter, which is expected in the coming days, 141 debris removal crews continue to clear more than 100 properties each day. The team remains focused on the ultimate goal of conducting operations as safely and expeditiously as possible so survivors may return home."

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