Paradise News

California Town Devastated by Wildfire Rebuilds, But Is It Any Safer a Year Later

There was “no way in hell” Victoria Sinclaire was rebuilding in Paradise, Calif. She’d thought she was going to die during the six hours it took her to escape the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The town …

Death Toll from Northern California Wildfire Back Down to 85

The number of those who died in California’s deadliest wildfire is back down to 85 after authorities determined that a bone fragment previously classified as unidentified belongs to a victim named in January. The Butte County Sheriff’s office said that …

Thousands of Californians Face Power Shutoffs Due to Wildfire Risk

California utilities are warning that they may shut off electricity to thousands of customers across the state as hot, dry and windy weather raises the risk of another catastrophic wildfire sparked by a power line. PG&E Corp., forced into bankruptcy …

How Forested Communities Are Trying to Adapt to Growing Wildfire Threat

Unless it’s Sunday, Kelly Loew is steering her rusty red Jeep down the same mail route in Shingletown, as she has six days a week for the last seven years. But she delivers less mail these days as California’s persistent …

One of 86 Victims Of California’s Deadliest Wildfire Identified

One of 86 people who were killed in the deadliest wildfire in California history has been identified. The Butte County Sheriff’s office said on Friday it positively identified the remains of 68-year-old Judith Sipher of Paradise. That brings the total …

Town Leveled by California Wildfire Reopens Its Public Pool

The public swimming pool in Paradise, California, is reopening for the first time since a catastrophic wildfire destroyed much of the town. CBS13 in Sacramento reports state firefighters used their hoses last week to refill the pool with clean water …

Insurance Department: Claims from Deadly California Wildfires Top $12B

Insurance claims have topped $12 billion for the November wildfires in California, making them the most expensive in state history. The figure released on May 8 by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the fire that largely destroyed the town of …

PG&E: Judge’s Aggressive Fire Prevention Plan Would Cost $150B

PG&E Corp. estimates it would cost as much as $150 billion this year alone to comply with a federal judge’s proposal to prevent wildfires. California’s largest investor-owned utility said U.S. District Judge William Alsup’s plan for it to trim branches …

Power Restored to Last of 10K Paradise Residents Hit by California Wildfire

A Northern California utility says it has restored power interrupted by a wildfire six weeks ago to all customers able to receive it. Pacific Gas & Electric said this week the last of about 10,000 residents of Paradise and the …