Weekly Camp Fire Recovery Update from Butte County

October 28, 2019
Hazard Tree Removal on Private Property
The Town of Paradise and Butte County now require property owners to remove hazard trees on private property that are so fire damaged by the Camp Fire they pose a danger of falling onto a public right-of-way or other public facility. 

Property owners must enroll in either the the Government Tree Program or the Private Tree Program for hazard tree removal.

Visit the Tree Removal Website, and check back for updates. 
Option 1: Government Tree Program
The Government Tree Program is available at no out-of-pocket cost to property owners who complete and sign a Tree Right-of-Entry (ROE) form to allow access to private property for tree removal. 

By submitting the Tree ROE form, property owners are granting permission for contractors hired by the State to safely and efficiently remove hazard trees to clear the way for rebuilding. To avoid duplication of benefits, residents may be required to remit a portion of insurance claim payments specifically reserved for tree removal. There are no out-of-pocket expenses regardless of the actual cost of the tree removal.

Option 2: Private Tree Program
Property owners who choose not to participate in the Government Tree Program for hazard trees must remove their own hazard trees in order to comply with Town and County ordinances. 

An inspection will be conducted to confirm all hazard trees that pose a threat to fall onto the public right-of-way are removed. 

Property owners should complete the Private Tree Program Inspection Access Form if they plan to remove hazard trees themselves or if hazard trees are already removed. 

How to Submit ROE or Inspection Access Forms
Return via Mail
ATTN: Tree Removal Processing Center
205 Mira Loma Drive, Ste 50
Oroville CA 95965

Return in Person
Community Employment Center
78 Table Mountain Blvd, Oroville
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Butte County Library, Paradise-Community Room
5922 Clark Road, Paradise
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Butte County Library, Chico
1108 Sherman Ave, Chico
Tuesday - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

E-mail to: TreeROE@buttecounty.net 

Information Line: 530.552.3030

Alternative Program (County)
data as of October 25, 2019

Alternative Work Plans Received: 1,694

Alternative Work Plan in Review: 32

Alternative Work Plans Approved: 1,662

Final Reports Submitted: 1,297

Final Reports in Review: 39

Final Reports Approved: 1,258

Applications Awaiting Work Plans: 20
Government Program (State)
data as of October 24, 2019

Parcels with ROE Eligible: 10,896

Parcels with Debris Removal
Completed: 10,887
Parcels with Soil Sample
Approved: 10,559

Parcels with Erosion Control
Completed: 9,596

Parcels Completed and
Final Sign Off Sent to County: 9,341

Parcels with Final Sign Off processed by the County (return to owner): 9,382

Noncompliant Parcels

Town of Paradise: 28
Butte County: 17
Mobile Home Parks

Government Program: 31
Alternative Program: 2
Debris Removal Operations Center
Property owners who have questions about Phase II debris removal with the Government Program can stop by or call the Debris Removal Operations Center and speak directly with representatives from CalOES and CalRecycle.

Debris Removal Operations Center
900 Fortress Street, Suite 200 in Chico
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, 8:00 am to Noon
Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility Fire Debris Disposal
Butte County Building Permits
Inside Burn Area*
Applications Received: 162
Permits Issued: 82
Final: 3 (home may be occupied)

Outside Burn Area*
Applications Received: 17
Permits Issued: 12
Final: 2 (home may be occupied)
*Inside Burn Area – residential permits on parcels where the Camp Fire destroyed a residence.

*Outside Burn Area – residential permit for a Camp Fire survivor on a parcel outside the burn area or a parcel within the burn area where no structures greater than 120 sq. ft. burned.
Butte County Rebuild Incentive Grant Information
The rebuild incentive grant can be applied for when property owners submit a building permit with Butte County. The grant is on a first-applied, first-granted basis.
North Valley Community Foundation
The grant is a reimbursement for 50% of eligible building permit fees up to $3,500.
55 Applicants being served
$99,055 being applied to building permits.

Golden State Finance Authority
The grant is a reimbursement of 100% of eligible building permit fees for Veterans.
18 Applicants being served
$54,947 being applied to building permits.
Town of Paradise Building Permits
Building Permit Applications Received: 429
Homes Rebuilt: 9
Data as of October 23, 2019

View weekly recovery updates from the Town of Paradise. Posted here .
Butte County Surveyor Status
Record of Survey
Submitted: 168
Recorded: 69
Record of Survey – a document prepared and signed by a Professional Land Surveyor that documents a boundary survey. Required when: a property corner is set; property lines are established that have not been mapped previously; or there is a material discrepancy between what has been recorded versus what exists on the ground.
Corner Record
Submitted: 103
Filed: 97
Corner Record – a document prepared and signed by a Professional Land Surveyor that documents a boundary survey. Required when: a property corner is set; property lines are re- established that have been mapped previously; and there is no material discrepancy between what has been recorded versus what exists on the ground.
Hazard trees in the County right-of-way are assessed by a contract arborist and removed by a tree contractor if they pose a threat to the public right-of-way. The Department of Public Works manages the contract arborist and the tree removal contractors.

Trees Evaluated, Removal Planned: 6,649
Trees Removed: 397
Road Miles Evaluated: 155 out of 155
Lime Saddle Campground
Total Spaces: 44
Vacancy: 16
Available Through: October 31, 2019*
*this date is evaluated on a monthly basis.

DeSabla Campground
Total Spaces: 12
Vacancy: 5
Available Through: October 31, 2019*
*this date is evaluated on a monthly basis.
The Department of Employment and Social Services operates the shelter locations. These shelters opened to provide a place for fire survivors who are unable to live on their property until fire debris removal is complete. Fire survivors should call 530.538.7572 to inquire about a space.
Del Oro Water Update (as of 10/28/19)
Locations Tested: 318
Locations Cleared: 317
Paradise Irrigation District Update (as of 10/21/19)
Total Advisories Lifted: 646
588 Advisories Lifted based on water test results
78 Advisories Lifted based on service lateral replacement
The following community meetings and events related to recovery. The list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of community events.
Visit ButteCountyRecovers.org/events or Makeitparadise.org/meeting-schedul e for a list of events hosted by, or held in coordination with, Butte County or the Town of Paradise. For Paradise Community Events, visit http://www.paradisechamber.com/events/calendar

Camp Fire Construction Connection
Calling all Contractors: The Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Valley Contractors' Exchange and Butte College, invites you to a networking session and forum to connect trades and GCs.
 This will be an environment where industry can connect, scale up, share resources and build new models in order to get 10,000 houses built in 5 years.
 It takes 22 trades to build a house and with the shortage of workforce and the amount of houses to build, both local and out of town companies will be needed to Rebuild the Ridge!
 Our construction industry companies and workers are our most valuable resources right now. Please note: This event has been cancelled due to the Public Safety Power Shutoff, it will be rescheduled in the near future.

Paradise Community Information Meeting
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Paradise Alliance Church
6491 Clark Road in Paradise

Camp Fire Commemoration Events- Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce
Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce is working to ensure that all community observations relating to the Camp Fire are publicized. If your organization is planning an event, please submit it to Paradisechamber.com's community calendar , and we will ensure that a program of events is produced for the media and public. Simple instructions here .

It has been nearly one year since the Camp Fire, and many events are being planned for the week of November 8, 2019. The Town of Paradise will hold several events on Friday, November 8, including the following:
  • 11:08 a.m. 85 seconds of silence for the 85 lives lost, and the unveiling of the "Key Phoenix" at the Building Resiliency Center, 6295 Skyway, in Paradise.
  • 12:00 p.m. Groundbreaking Ceremony at Camp Fire Memorial- Skyway/Foster Triangle.
  • 6:30 p.m.: Camp Fire Remembrance Ceremony, Paradise Alliance Church, 6491 Clark Road, in Paradise.

This event will include a free medical clinic from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with nurses and doctors provided by Medspire Health. Children's activities, music, games and food vendors will also be included.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
13835 West Park Drive, Magalia

Adventist Health Feather River Camp Fire Remembrance Event
Friday, November 9, 2019
11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Hospital Campus

United Policyholders Roadmap to Recovery Workshop
Healing and Dealing at the 1-year Anniversary
December 3, 2019
6:00 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
2341 Floral Avenue, Chico