Paradise area was heaven for victims of deadly wildfire
On that frantic morning, TK Huff was calm. The 71-year-old amputee sat in his wheelchair, pointing a garden hose at what quickly became the deadliest wildfire in California history.
Nobody knew at the time, early on Nov. 8, how bad it would be. When his family called at 7:15 a.m., Huff said he would leave. But he never made it out.
‘Chimney forest’ symbolic of all that was lost in Paradise
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — In the 100 days since a wildfire nearly burned the town of Paradise off the map, Joanie Ellison has made a tearful drive dozens of times to the ruins of her home, resisting the urge to look away from the devastation so she can fully absorb the staggering loss.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is calling in the National Guard for the first time next month to help protect communities from devastating fires like the one that largely destroyed the city...
Paradise fire cleanup to resume after weather improves
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — State officials say debris removal on Northern California hills scarred by a deadly wildfire will resume next week after being suspended for 10 days because of wet,...
Paradise fire cleanup on hold due to unstable slopes
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials have halted debris removal on Northern California hills scarred by a deadly wildfire because of rain-saturated, unstable slopes.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After successive years of devastating wildfires, California's fire agency announced a plan Tuesday that would dramatically increase the removal of dead trees and other forest...
PG&E: Company equipment ‘probable’ cause of California fire
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. inched closer to taking responsibility for the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, saying Thursday it is "probable" that one of its transmission...
Sheriff names 1 more victim of deadly California wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California have named another victim of a 2018 wildfire that devastated a town and killed 85.
Dog reunited with family 101 days after California wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire.
Recovery starting 100 days after Paradise burned
Sheriff names 2 more victims of deadly California wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified two more victims of a destructive 2018 Northern California wildfire that killed 85.
The Butte County sheriff's office said Wednesday that...
Officials death toll from California wildfire drops to 85
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California sheriff's office dropped the death toll from a devastating 2018 wildfire to 85 people.
The Butte County sheriff's office said Thursday that...
The Latest: County orders wildfire victims to leave lots
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on Wildfire victims ordered to leave damaged property (all times local):
A Northern California county hard-hit by wildfire ordered residents living in temporary shelters on burned out lots to leave their property.
The Butte County supervisors voted 4-1 on Monday to repeal a December law permitting residents who lost homes to wildfire to live in recreational vehicles and other temporary shelters on their property while awaiting cleanup and rebuilding.
Wildfire victims living in RVs ordered to leave properties
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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...
Sheriff’s office names 2 more dead in California wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California sheriff's office has released the names of two more people who died in a devastating wildfire that killed at least 86 people.
The Butte County Sheriff's office identified on Thursday the deceased as 74-year-old Robert Quinn of Paradise and 93-year-old Berniece Schmidt of Magalia.
The office has publicly identified 69 of people who perished in a Nov. 8 wildfire that was the country's deadliest in a century.
Lawsuits by fire victims swept up in PG&E bankruptcy
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lon Walker blames Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for starting a wildfire that killed his wife Ellen and destroyed their home near the California city of Paradise.
Butte County cites PG&E for the same Nov. 8 fire that destroyed parks, schools and myriad other public property and amenities. And State Farm insurance company also blames the utility for the fire that compelled it to pay millions of dollars to policyholders who lost homes and businesses in the blaze.
Ron Howard to make doc about town devastated by wildfires
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Director Ron Howard is planning to make a documentary about a Northern California town's attempt to rebuild after a devastating wildfire last year
National Geographic Documentary Films announced the project Thursday which will focus on the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise, California. In November of 2018, flames destroyed nearly 15,000 homes and displaced over 50,000 people. Its working title is "Rebuilding Paradise."
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Flash flood watch issued for Northern California burn area
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Another Pacific storm moving into Northern California has prompted a flash flood watch for communities hit by last year's devastating wildfire.
The National Weather Service says mud and debris flows are possible in and around the town of Paradise through 9 p.m. Sunday.
Forecasters say thunderstorms packing heavy rainfall could cause small rivers and creeks to rise quickly.
Wildfire evacuees face deadline to move out of fairgrounds
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Officials are looking for more stable housing for roughly 600 people still sleeping at a Northern California fairground following a deadly wildfire last year.
The Chico Enterprise-Record reports Thursday that a lease to operate an emergency shelter at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds ends Jan. 31.
US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history.
Northern California county ravaged by wildfire sues utility
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Northern California county where a deadly wildfire killed 86 people last year sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Tuesday, a day after the utility announced it will file for bankruptcy.
Butte County's lawsuit blames the utility for the wildfire that sparked Nov. 8 and "effectively eradicated" the city of Paradise, California, population 27,000. The blaze destroyed nearly 15,000 homes and is the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history.
Couple whose home was destroyed by fire moves to Virginia
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Patti Clifford woke up unusually early on Nov. 8.
Pacific Gas and Electric, the company that provided electricity to the home she shared with her husband, Ken, in Paradise, Calif., had notified residents they might shut off power at 4 a.m. that morning because the strong, dry wind blowing up the ridge posed a fire risk.
But when Clifford woke up suddenly around 7 a.m., the power was still on.
She went outside and was struck by the dusky orange sky.
California governor proposes wildfire investments, 911 fee
COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday pledged fresh investments to prevent, fight and escape wildfires, including millions to help local governments improve their communication during emergencies and a fee to fund an update for the state's 911 system.
Insurer: Calif. fire was costliest natural disaster in 2018
BERLIN (AP) — German insurance company Munich Re says the Northern California wildfire that killed dozens of people and burned down the town of Paradise was the world's costliest single natural disaster in 2018.
The reinsurance giant said on Tuesday that the November fire caused overall losses of $16.5 billion. The company said some $12.5 billion in losses were insured.
The firestorm destroyed thousands of homes and other structures.
Insurers sue California utility over wildfire damages
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Several insurance companies have filed lawsuits blaming Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for a deadly California wildfire that destroyed 14,000 homes and triggered billions of dollars in insurance claims.
The lawsuits filed by Allstate, State Farm, USAA and their subsidiaries come on top of several other cases filed by victims of the Camp Fire, which devastated the towns of Paradise, Magalia and Concow north of Sacramento after it started Nov. 8.
The Latest: Utility: Wildfire role would implicate probation
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on how a California utility's role in wildfires could affect its terms of probation in a separate criminal case (all times local):
A California utility says any determination that it started a wildfire by recklessly operating power lines in violation of law would bear on its probation in a criminal case.
2 arrested in theft of trailers for California fire victims
REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Police in Northern California say two men were arrested following the theft of two trailers intended for victims of the deadly wildfire that destroyed the town of Paradise.
Police in Redding were called by a resident of a mobile home park who awoke to the sound of scraping metal and saw a trailer being towed off the property.
Amid 2018′s tragedies were moments of compassion and duty
Deadliest shooting at an American high school: Parkland, Florida.
Deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century: Paradise, California.
Deadliest attack on Jews in American history: Pittsburgh.
The cities of Parkland, Paradise and Pittsburgh became synonymous with tragedy in 2018, a year when the nation seemed to careen from one deadly horror to another. Yet in every calamity, there were people who showed their humanity, their selfless strength and their sense of duty amid the suffering.
A La Crosse family survives the California Camp Fire
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — When Christine Poje's children woke her up the morning of Nov. 8 to see the sunrise, she thought the red sky might portend rain. Red sky in the morning, sailor's warning.
Woman names baby after medic who saved her during wildfire
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In his 20 years as a paramedic, Mickey Huber assisted in two emergency deliveries. But to him, the most memorable birth is the one that didn't happen on his watch.
Huber was helping people evacuate from the terrifying wildfire that tore through the Northern California town of Paradise on Nov. 8 when he heard on the scanner about a pregnant woman going into premature labor.
Utility restores power to Northern California wildfire area
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — 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 Wednesday the last of about 10,000 residents of Paradise and the surrounding area that lost electricity on Nov. 8 had their power restored by Sunday night. The San Francisco-based utility said it still working to restore natural gas service to many customers.
Wildfire cleanup worker fired over photos from 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."
All evacuation orders lifted in deadly California wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The remaining residents who fled from the deadliest wildfire in California history were allowed to return to their home Saturday and assess the damage.
All evacuation orders were lifted in Paradise more than a month after the fire broke out Nov. 8, killing at least 86 people and destroying 14,000 homes in the town and nearby communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Report details firefighters’ harrowing work in Paradise
On the first day fighting the deadly Northern California wildfire that destroyed the city of Paradise last month, a crew setting a back burn to stop the blaze was suddenly overrun by flames when erratic winds suddenly shifted.
California fire survivors share lessons in loss, recovery
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Survivors of a deadly blaze that tore through California wine country last year shared lessons of loss and pain but also resilience with those who escaped the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century last month.
Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state's insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.
About $7 billion in claims are from the Camp Fire that destroyed the Northern California city of Paradise and killed at least 86 people, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century. The rest is from the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California.
The Latest: Insurance claims at $9 billion from fires
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires all times local):
Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion.
State insurance commissioner Dave Jones announced the figure Wednesday and said it is likely to rise.
About $7 billion in claims are from the Camp Fire that destroyed the Northern California city of Paradise. The rest is for the Woolsey and Hill fires in Southern California.
The Latest: Northern California fire death toll climbs to 86
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on destructive California wildfires (all times local):
Authorities in Northern California say the death toll from a destructive wildfire has decimated the town of Paradise has climbed from 85 to 86.
The Butte County Sheriff's office said Tuesday that Larry Smith of Paradise was burned while trying to put out flames that had surrounded his car. The 80-year-old Smith died of his injuries after Thanksgiving, nearly three weeks after the fire started Nov. 8.
California inferno gives rise to family-reuniting ‘Angels’
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They have become known as the Angels of Paradise. But there is nothing ethereal about them.
They are online sleuths who know how to find people, and they have been putting their skills to use in the aftermath of California's catastrophic wildfire.
In the dark days that followed the Nov. 8 inferno, the deadliest in California history, social media filled with posts from people trying to contact loved ones from the Paradise area.
California family finds cat alive a month after deadly blaze
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — A family has been reunited with their cat after it stayed behind during a deadly wildfire last month that leveled their home in Northern California.
Courtney Werblow and her family returned to her parents' burned home in Paradise over the weekend and found their beloved cat, Timber, standing near the ruins.
Dog that survived wildfire guarded home for weeks
‘Angels’ locate survivors of California wildfire
Some California fire victims were already living on the edge
CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Bob Talk hadn't even transferred the title for his new trailer — the one that was supposed to get him off the streets — when Northern California's deadly wildfire whipped through and turned it to ash. He had lived in the trailer park in Paradise for all of three days.
Talk is now among hundreds of people still in a shelter a month later.
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Residents head back into California town leveled by wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly four weeks after the devastating blaze leveled her town, Jennifer Christensen was allowed back to return to her home in Paradise, where the first thing she saw was her son's charred tricycle in the front yard.
Christensen was among hundreds of residents who were allowed back into neighborhoods on the east side of town for the first time since the Nov. 8 blaze, which killed at least 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes.
Residents return to California town leveled by wildfire
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Joyce and Jerry McLean sifted through twisted metal and broken glass Wednesday on the property where their mobile home once stood, hoping to find precious family possessions that might have survived the devastating California wildfire that leveled Paradise.
They were among hundreds of residents who were finally allowed back into neighborhoods on the east side of town a month after the blaze killed at least 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes.
Residents return to California town leveled by wildfire
The Latest: PG&E gives timeline for restoring services
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on some residents being allowed to return to Paradise, California, after the devastating wildfire. (all times local):
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it hopes to restore electrical service in fire-ravaged areas of Northern California to all customers who can receive it by the end of the month.
PG&E official Dennis MacAleese said power will be restored on a rolling basis until that time, so some customers will get electricity before then.