Latest Paradise News

US West struggles to hit goals of fighting fire with fire

Aug. 12, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The thick scent of smoke hung in the midday air when a trail along the Kings River opened up to an ominous scene: flames in the trees and thick gray smoke shrouding canyon walls. Firefighters were on the job. In fact, they had started the blaze that chewed through...

Man dies in hospital; 2018 wildfire death toll rises to 86

Aug. 8, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man who had been hospitalized since the deadliest wildfire in California history incinerated a town in November has died, raising the number of people killed to 86, authorities said Thursday. The Butte County Sheriff's Office said 72-year-old Paul Ernest of Paradise succumbed to his...

Fire risks rise in previously too-wet-to-burn US Northwest

Aug. 5, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — Nestled in the foothills of Washington's Cascade Mountains, the bustling Seattle suburb of Issaquah seems an unlikely candidate for anxiety over wildfires. The region, famous for its rainfall, has long escaped major burns even as global warming has driven an increase in the size and...

List of missing in California's deadliest wildfire down to 1

Aug. 2, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Only one person remains listed as missing from the deadliest wildfire in California history after deputies found an Oroville woman. The Butte County Sheriff's Office said Friday that 47-year-old Wendy Carroll was aware she was considered missing but never contacted authorities to...

Bipartisan bill will boost wildfire protection, senators say

Aug. 1, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Senators from California and Montana said Thursday that they plan to introduce a bipartisan bill that aims to protect communities from wildfires like the one that killed 85 people and destroyed much of the Northern California town of Paradise last year. Democrat Dianne Feinstein of...

California town leveled by wildfire reopens its public pool

Jul. 20, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — 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 after the fire left the pool...

Population of California town torched by wildfire down 90%

Jul. 11, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — New figures released by California Gov. Gavin Newsom show the town of Paradise has lost over 90% of its population since a wildfire killed 85 people last year. A door-to-door survey in April counted 2,034 residents, down from previously released state figures that showed the...

Report: PG&E ignored repairs on aging power lines

Jul. 10, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric, which is blamed for some of California's deadliest recent fires, knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat but avoided replacing or repairing them, it was reported Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal, using company documents...

PG&E to pay $1 billion to governments for wildfire damage

Jun. 18, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California utility agreed Tuesday to pay $1 billion to 14 local governments to cover damages from a series of deadly wildfires caused by its downed power lines. The settlement is a sliver of the more than $30 billion in potential damages Pacific Gas & Electric is facing in...