Recovery Milestones

It’s a new day in Paradise!

Every year, Paradise continues to rebuild better and stronger with more opportunities for businesses and families to thrive. Here’s what we’ve accomplished so far:

Year 1

  • 200+ businesses opened or re-opened in Paradise
  • 27 homes were rebuilt and 700 building permit applications received
  • 330 members in the Paradise Chamber of Commerce
  • School enrollment was 50% of pre-fire numbers
  • The fire debris removal program was 100% complete! 3.6 million total tons of debris removedthe same as four Golden Gate bridges, 16 Empire State Buildings, or 36 modern-day cruise ships
  • After rigorous testing and replacement of damaged service lines, potable water returns. Damaged service lines are being fully replaced and then connected to potable water!

Year 2

Homes rebuilt: 445

Paradise residents and community members spent the 2nd Anniversary of the Camp Fire in remembrance. It was a meaningful day with a daffodil giveaway, sponsored by the Town of Paradise, Adventist Health, and Déjà Vu Gardens Galore Nursery. Local Artist Jess Mercer’s Ridge Wellness Project brought many to submit their letters of hope and well wishes. The pandemic hit just a few months into Year 2 of recovery for the Town, and Paradise continued to move forward with recovery and rebuilding, with over 445 homes receiving a Certificate of Occupancy.

Year 3

Homes rebuilt: 1106
Businesses: 350+
Populations: 6,000

2021 was a year of continued growth and celebration. Over 1000 single-family and multi-family homes were completed and issued a Certificate of Occupancy, with over 350 businesses calling Paradise home. The hazard tree removal program was completed, and the population continued to grow.

Year 4

2022 was full of exciting recovery projects, and we made so much progress during our fourth year of rebuilding Paradise. We’re so thankful to all the organizations, residents, and volunteers who’ve been a part of the Town’s recovery.

Here are a few of the highlights we accomplished together:

  • Road repaving began, with a goal to repave the whole town by 2026
  •  The Long-Term Recovery Plan was updated to reflect new priorities and projects
  • Pentz Road Safe Routes to School Project was completed
  •  The Town of Paradise received the 2022 Helen Putnam Award to celebrate our Long-Term Recovery Plan
  • The Town offered $5,000 grants to both new and existing businesses in Paradise as
    part of the Business Investment Grant (BIG) Program
  • CDBG DR Infrastructure Award: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
    Development’s Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)
    awarded Paradise $199 million to fund specific evacuation and recovery projects for
    years to come.

Year 5

2023 has been an incredible year of recovery and growth. Since the fire, over 2500 new homes and apartments have been rebuilt, with many families returning to Paradise or choosing the town for a new life for their families.

We completed the infrastructure for a revived Downtown area, and we hope to bring a sewer to the Town in just a few short years. The Town repaving project is underway, making Paradise the only town in the US to have a plan for fully repaving. Every resident now has a water meter, and 20 out of 21 sirens have been installed in the Early Warning Sirens system.

Make it Paradise Newsletter

This newsletter is designed to keep you informed of the ongoing recovery efforts as we rebuild Paradise.  Each week you will receive a newsletter with events, current numbers (building permits, etc.), current topics and a weekly Q&A.

Occasionally, we may send out an extra newsletter pertaining to an upcoming event or important information.