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Former Paradise town council member reflects on Camp Fire and rebuilding efforts

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PARADISE, Calif. - One of those thousands to lose their home was Melissa Schuster, a former town council member.

Schuster was on the town council at the time of the fire. She and her husband lost their home and one of their businesses, Chapelle De L'artiste Chateau and Retreat which was on the property where they live.

Three years later, they're still living in an RV as they work to rebuild.

“For us, it was a little bit different I think, we kind of leaned into a lot of the opportunities that actually came from the fire and we haven’t rebuilt our home yet not because we don’t want to because, trust me, no one wants to live in an RV forever no matter how nice the RV is,” Schuster said.

Schuster said her son had always wanted to build a distillery so they are in the middle of building a distillery.

She said they have looked into glamping tents and are working to get glamping tents set up in the summer.

“There was no question, as soon as the evacuation order was lifted we found an RV and moved back home and we’ve been here ever since and we won't leave,” Schuster said.

On Monday, the governor announced that the work to remove those damaged trees in the burn scar and structural wildfire debris is completed.

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