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Robert Kennedy Jr. Speaks To Fire Survivors

CHICO, Calif. - The Paradise Guild hosted meetings for Camp Fire survivors in Paradise and Chico Saturday, with special guest, speaker Robert F. Kennedy. Jr. The Paradise Guild lost their hall in the fire, and wanted to give community members a chance to meet key partners in the law firm they have hired, including Kennedy, the son of late Attorney General and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy.


100 days after flames: Where we are now after the Camp Fire

As the one month anniversary to the Camp Fire loomed in December of last year, the Chico Enterprise-Record looked at impacts of the fire that included the donations and help pouring into our community, re-population, the shelters (both official and unofficial) that had sprung to life seemingly overnight and, of course, the nascent plans and hopes of the community to rebuild.

Months later, many of those issues are still at the forefront of recovery efforts, with ever-shifting goals and roadblocks to recovery and success. Survivors have learned to take each day as it comes, changing plans with each new challenge.


Butte Sheriff identifies two more Camp Fire victims; 12 remain unidentified

OROVILLE — The Butte County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified two more people whose deaths have been attributed to the Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire.

The Sheriff’s Office said the people are Gerald Rodrigues, 74, of Paradise, and William Godbout, 79, of Concow.


Paradise residents recall horrifying escape from the Camp Fire: 'This should never happen again'

Brian Andrews awoke on Nov. 8 to his panicked daughter at his bedside. A fast-moving wildfire that would become the deadliest, most destructive in California's history was heading straight for Paradise.

Andrews, a 52-year-old retired firefighter, had moved into his one-story home in the bucolic Northern California town a decade ago and was slowly renovating it, replacing the vinyl siding with sturdy wood. Now, his 24-year-old daughter was urging him to leave it behind.


Camp Fire death count drops to 85 while missing list drops to 2 following arrest

After holding steady at 86 for many weeks, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office dropped the death toll of November’s Camp Fire down by one Thursday. Remains thought to belong to two victims were identified as belonging to just one, resulting in a reduction in the number of dead, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office has also listed three as still missing, months after California’s worst wildfire ravaged the town of Paradise.


Camp Fire victims living in RVs ordered to leave properties

Hundreds of Northern California wildfire victims desperate for housing and living in recreational vehicles on their burned-out lots were ordered off their properties Monday after federal authorities threatened to cut off funding for the state's biggest natural disaster cleanup.

The Paradise Town Council unanimously rescinded a two-month-old law allowing residents to live in temporary shelters on their burned-out properties before the lots are cleared and certified safe for habitation. The unanimous vote Monday occurred after an emotional and tense meeting that was the first in Paradise city hall since the Nov. 8 fire destroyed most of the city of 27,000 people.


Still no cause released for Camp Fire, California’s most destructive blaze

State fire officials on Thursday announced that the catastrophic Tubbs Fire that ravaged neighborhoods in and around Santa Rosa in the fall of 2017 was caused by a private electrical system, but investigators have not yet determined the cause of the blaze that displaced the Tubbs as the most destructive in state history: last year’s Camp Fire.

That massive wildfire destroyed most of the town of Paradise when it raced into the Sierra foothills community on the morning of Nov. 8, killing 86 people and destroying nearly 14,000 homes in Butte County. Many of the town’s residents were seniors or people with disabilities who had no chance to escape.


Erin Brockovich says PG&E is ‘runaway monopoly,’ calls for oversight after wildfires

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and Camp Fire survivors rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday to protest PG&E’s recent announcement that it plans to file for bankruptcy at the end of January.

Standing under a banner reading “Justice for ALL Fire Victims” and flanked by wildfire victims and lawyers, Brockovich criticized the planned bankruptcy filing as PG&E’s “go-to move” and called for greater state involvement in PG&E.


PG&E, utility tied to wildfires, will file for bankruptcy

New York (CNN Business) Pacific Gas and Electric, facing billions of dollars in claims over the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, is headed to bankruptcy court.

PG&E, the state's largest utility, said Monday it will file for bankruptcy on January 29, after a 14-day waiting period required by California law. It needs to use the bankruptcy process, which will allow it to shed some of its debt, to pay for damages and stay in business to provide gas and electric service to its customers.


What’s Next After the Camp Fire Destroyed Paradise

After a firestorm nearly wiped out an entire California town, residents are coming to terms with what’s left.


PG&E sued over Camp Fire as insurance claims hit billions

JANUARY 03, 2019

Three major insurance companies are suing PG&E over the billions of dollars in claims they expect to face from the Camp Fire.

The lawsuits, by Allstate Insurance Co., State Farm and USAA, represent another potentially staggering blow to PG&E, which has already acknowledged that problems occurred on a high-voltage transmission tower near the spot where the fire started Nov. 8. Multiple lawsuits have already been filed by Camp Fire survivors, and the company is under intense scrutiny by Cal Fire, the Public Utilities Commission and federal prosecutors.


Camp Fire Survivors Return To Live Where Their Homes Burned, Despite Health Warnings


All that’s left of Barbara Beers home outside of Paradise is burned up appliances, ash, and some black skeletal shrubs. But the 66-year-old doesn’t see an apocalyptic landscape: She only sees the natural beauty that that drew her to her home in Concow here in the 1980s.

“I love it, just love it,” she said. “I raised my family here. … I made roots.”

READ MORE at Capitol Public Radio

Wildfire Cleanup Worker Rob Freestone, 2, Others Fired Over Photos From Camp Fire Burn Zone


PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Police in Northern California say they’ll pursue criminal charges against a wildfire cleanup worker who posted photos of himself posing at destroyed properties.

Officials in the devastated town of Paradise said Saturday that the photos and accompanying captions by Rob Freestone are “unacceptable and reprehensible.”

READ MORE at 13 CBS Sacramento

Camp Fire: Newly named victim was a 99-year-old woman


Butte County officials released the name Wednesday of another victim of the Camp Fire: Rose Farrell of Paradise.

She was 99 years old, the oldest person killed in California wildfires this year. One hundred people died in wildfires this year in the state. The youngest was 4-year-old Emily Roberts, who died in the Carr Fire when a fire tornado ripped into her Redding home.

READ MORE at San Francisco Chronicle

Class-action lawsuit alleges deadly California wildfire was caused by Pacific Gas & Electric


The utility company operating in the heart of the region devastated by the deadly Camp Fire in California was named Wednesday as the target of a class-action lawsuit, which alleged Pacific Gas & Electric bears responsibility for the "unprecedented disaster."


Insurer goes bust from Camp Fire with millions in claims unpaid. How will it affect Paradise homeowners?


Millions of dollars in potential losses from the Camp Fire have ruined a small Merced County insurance company, providing another element of uncertainty for homeowners following the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history."

READ MORE at The Sacramento Bee

Photos: Deep burn scars from 2018 California wildfires seen from space


The year 2018 has been a record-breaking fire season in California. The Mendocino Complex Fire was the state’s largest, destroying nearly half a million acres. And the Camp Fire was the state’s deadliest with 88 fatalities so far.

READ MORE at The Mercury News

The Daughter of a California Wildfire Victim Targets Utility in a Wrongful Death Suit


The daughter of a man killed in California’s deadliest wildfire is suing Pacific Gas & Electric Co., saying the utility could have prevented the blaze.
Neva Rodrigues filed the lawsuit Wednesday in San Francisco. The lawsuit says a body was found in the burned home where her father, 73-year-old Jerry Rodrigues, lived alone in a Paradise mobile home park.

READ MORE at Time magazine

Rain a concern for California’s wildfire-burned areas


San Francisco – A storm moving into California on Thursday brought rain that threatened to unleash debris flows in wildfire burn areas and snow that could cause travel problems in the Sierra Nevada

READ MORE at Detroit News

YouTube is teeming with conspiracy theories about the California wildfires. Here's what really may have caused the flames.


The Woolsey and Paradise wildfires brought widespread devastation to California in November, killing more than 90 people and torching 250,000 acres of land.
With the fires now fully contained, residents have returned home to find nothing but scorched foundations. Officials are still on the hunt for hundreds of missing people — a process made more difficult by the onslaught of rain.


California wildfire zone slammed with flash flooding


After having already faced the wrath of a deadly wildfire, an area in Northern California faced a new problem Thursday: flash-flooding that’s prompted the deployment of water rescue teams, officials said.
After a deluge of rain fell in the Paradise area, people became trapped in their vehicles on a flooded road, necessitating the help of rescue units, The Associated Press reported.


Federal judge wants California utility to explain its role in the Camp Fire and other wildfires


(CNN)A federal judge has ordered California's Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to explain any potential role it played causing the deadly Camp Fire and any other major wildfires in the state, court documents show.
In a court filing, Judge William Alsup of the US District Court for the Northern District of California said the electric utility should also explain whether "reckless operation or maintenance of PG&E power lines" sparked any wildfires and answer additional questions about power line safety and wildfires.



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