“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted last Saturday. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” … [Read more...] about Feds to Butte County: ‘You’re not going to be able to rebuild Paradise the way it was’
The agency sent more than 140,000 trailers to the Gulf Coast after the 2005 hurricane. In 2008 the government acknowledged that formaldehyde fumes, which can be carcinogenic, were causing some of the evacuees to suffer headaches, nosebleeds and breathing problems. … [Read more...] about FEMA trailers have a bad name. But the Camp Fire could bring 2,000 to Paradise
Over 17 days in November, the Camp Fire charred an area the size of Chicago, destroyed 14,000 homes and killed at least 88 people. Thousands of others were forced to flee homes destroyed or threatened by flames - overflowing emergency shelters and turning Walmart parking lots into tent cities. … [Read more...] about A Paradise fire cleanup crew joked about ruins and a charred cat. Then the town found out.
On a recent afternoon, roads were clogged with cleanup crews and utility workers. The Starbucks in Paradise was still closed, but The Big O Tires store was open. A Walgreens had opened off Skyway, the main road that runs through town, but there was a burned-out Honda civic stuck in the parking lot. White signs around town were lettered with motivational phrases like “We will rebuild!” The post office opened this week and on Saturday, a local ice skating rink was to open amid a Christmas tree lighting. … [Read more...] about Camp fire survivors trickle back into Paradise and surrounding communities. Some never left
Reopening the site to industrial activity would be “like a scab being ripped off,” Oroville resident Jesse Hollis said at the community meeting. Hollis said his father died of pancreatic cancer from working at Koppers, according to a report in the Oroville Mercury-Register. … [Read more...] about ‘Toxic-laden stuff.’ Will anyone take the Camp Fire debris from Paradise?