What it's like living back on the ridge

One year ago this week, the Camp Fire devastated Paradise. Now as people move back to the ridge, they face other hardships.

Posted: Nov 4, 2019 7:12 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - One year ago this week, the Camp Fire devastated Paradise. 

Now as people move back to the ridge, they face other hardships.

Victoria Sinclaire was the first person to move back in her rebuilt home in July, she says its different. 

"There are just so few people up there you need to be more prepared for things like shopping and your househoold needs, and making sure you have gas," says Sinclaire. 

She sayss her family and her have adjusted to what feels like a life in progress. 

"It is still a struggle though and seeing people still in RV's and people getting ready to lose FEMA housing, I think it kicks up a lot of emotion because I feel a little guilty that I am already home," said Sinclaire. 

Sinclaire said even though her home is built, there's still a lot to be done, like removing some of the damaged trees in her yard.

She added there are some other continuing challenges, like the water.

"I have my water tested every three months just in case, but I have had two tests done now, one before we finalized obviously and one just recently, eveerything has comme back clean," said Sinclaire. 

Integrity Builders constructed the Sinclaire's home. 

The company owner Ken Blanton also lost his home in the fire. 

The company has now finished five homes, with two others in Paradise almost done, and three in Magalia that are nearly complete.

Those homeowners expect to be back on their properties by early December. 

The company has others in various stages of rebuilding as well. 

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