Latest Paradise News

PG&E shuts power to some to lower wildfire risks

Jun. 8, 2019 1:30 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric said it will shut off power Saturday to about 1,600 customers in Northern California and may do the same for thousands more to reduce the risk of wildfires. The utility announced Friday night that as of Saturday morning it will turn off electricity to...

Officials with utility view damage of deadly California fire

Jun. 7, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Top officials with the utility behind the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least a century quietly toured the burned remains of a Northern California town Friday. The Nov. 8 Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, incinerating about 14,000 homes and killing 85. State investigators...

'End where we began': Paradise teens graduate after wildfire

Jun. 7, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Paradise these days is surrounded by piles of crumpled garage doors and melted ovens. The roads teem with dump trucks, and most street corners are clogged with signs advertising debris removal services or pleas to identify unclaimed pets. But Thursday night — six months after...

From fire and ash to caps, gowns: Graduation in burned town

Jun. 6, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Sean Newsom's senior year of high school started with typical teenage pranks, like sticking a cup to the roof of his car with magnets just to mess with people as he drove around his small town in the Northern California mountains. It ended with him living in an apartment with his...

California approves power outages to prevent more wildfires

May. 31, 2019 1:52 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday approved allowing utilities to cut off electricity to possibly hundreds of thousands of customers to avoid catastrophic wildfires like the one sparked by power lines last year that killed 85 people and largely destroyed the city of Paradise....

Fire officials determine PG&E equipment sparked deadly fire

May. 16, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — As California fire investigators officially concluded that the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century was caused by Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines, lawmakers expressed deep skepticism about whether the utility had made the dramatic changes needed to prevent another...

Officials: PG&E equipment sparked deadly California wildfire

May. 15, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. power lines sparked a Northern California blaze that killed 85 people last year, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, state fire officials said Wednesday. Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-based...

The Latest: Wildfire investigators found PG&E broke law

May. 15, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire that killed 85 people in Paradise, California (all times local): 5 p.m. A Cal Fire official says investigators found PG&E violated utility law and forwarded their conclusions to the local district attorney to determine if criminal charges should be filed....

Endangered frogs delay cleanup in city ravaged by wildfires

May. 10, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Fears of harming an endangered frog species have forced crews to delay cleaning debris from about 800 properties in Paradise, angering some residents anxious to start rebuilding their homes. Those tasked with debris removal have been told to wait until state and federal officials...

Insurance claims from deadly California wildfires top $12B

May. 8, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims have topped $12 billion for the November wildfires in California, making them the most expensive in state history. The figure released Wednesday by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara covers the fire that largely destroyed the town of Paradise and two Southern...