Latest Paradise News

Report: Death toll in fire likely includes 50 more people

Feb. 11, 2020 8:16 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Doctors and other experts say at least 50 more people, many of them elderly or ill, likely died as a result of the 2018 wildfire that devastated the town of Paradise, California, but were not counted in the official death toll, an investigation by the Chico Enterprise-Record found. ...

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2019, file photo, smoke from the Maria Fire billows above Santa Paula, Calif. A federal judge has approved a settlement that moves Pacific Gas & Electric closer to getting out of bankruptcy. The company cleared its latest hurdle Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali signed off on a deal to refinance billions of dollars in debt to pay off PG&E bondholders who threatened to cause problems. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Victims: PG&E still has rickety power line near Paradise

Feb. 6, 2020 6:57 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric is still operating a rickety power line near the one that ignited a 2018 wildfire that wiped out the Northern California city of Paradise and killed 85 people, according to an expert inspection conducted as part of a legal claim. In an inspection just two...

Steve (Woody) Culleton, from left, Bryson Groh, Zach Boston, Brandon Burke, Michelle John, from bottom right, director Ron Howard and Carly Jean Ingersoll pose for a portrait to promote the film

Sundance: Ron Howard documents aftermath of the Camp Fire

Jan. 25, 2020 2:09 AM EST

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Ron Howard knew Paradise, the northern California town devastated by the most destructive wildfire in California history. His mother-in-law had lived there and he had visited the town. He had some understanding of its people. Ten days after what became known as the Camp Fire swept...

This November 2018 image provided by NASA shows flames and smoke from the Camp Fire that erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, Calif. Increasingly intense wildfires that have scorched forests from California to Australia are stoking worry about long-term health impacts from smoke exposure in affected cities and towns. (NASA via AP)

As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes health worries

Jan. 11, 2020 12:35 AM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — First came the flames, a raging firestorm propelled by 50 mph (80 kph) wind gusts that incinerated Kelsey Norton’s house and killed 85 people in her community. Then came the smoke — not just from the forest but also from some 14,000 houses and their contents that...

A Californian in Australia shares advice from Paradise fire

Jan. 8, 2020 4:38 PM EST

SOMERVILLE Australia (AP) — An American living in Australia who has endured wildfires on both continents is sharing heartfelt messages of hope and advice for those who have fled their homes Down Under. When hundreds of wildfire evacuees sought safety in her southeastern Australian town of Somerville,...