2 years after the Camp Fire, Magalia survivors share their stories

Two years after the Camp Fire wiped out the community on the Ridge, survivors are making progress in their comeback.

Posted: Nov 10, 2020 9:09 AM
Updated: May 21, 2021 11:47 AM

MAGALIA, Calif. - Two years after the Camp Fire wiped out the community on the Ridge, survivors are making progress in their comeback.

Action News Now spoke to one woman from Magalia, who moved home only two months ago. She tells me she couldn't be happier to be back on the Ridge.

Kelly Macias has lived on the Ridge for over twenty years, she is loving her new home, but says it took some time to get permits approved.

"Statewide did a lot of it. I just had to go over there and harass them a lot," said Macias.

Macias explained her front yard was the only part of her property she didn't lose.

As happy as Macias is to be in her new home here in Magalia, she said there are others from the Ridge who are not as fortunate.

"We were living in a garage for the last two years, we just moved out three weeks ago, we are living in a trailer on our friend's property in Old Magalia," said Cinda Larimer. 

Cinda Larimer lived in Paradise at the time of the fire. Then her family had to move to Magalia with a friend, they were about to buy property in Magalia, but she said the rules made it too complicated.

"All of the entities we have to work with, whether it is the County, the town POA, they are all trying to supplement their incomes by charging us for every little thing," said Larimer.

Larimer added it feels like the POA, the County, and the Town of Paradise are not working together.

"Like when the Town of Paradise changed the ordinance to give us an extra six months to be on our property. The county gave people a year, and the POA chose to kicking people off right then," said Larimer. 

Larimer and her family are now trying to move back to Paradise if they can.

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