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#ClimateUprising raises concerns for areas prone to climate-induced disasters

#ClimateUprising raises concerns for areas prone to climate-induced disasters

Trenton Taylor

February 19, 2019

A camera stabilized on a 30-foot crane captured a crowd standing in snow and hail, holding up a #ClimateUprising banner as a call-to-action to find solutions for the changing climate. Followed by the banner, participants spelled out “#ClimateUprising” by lying on the ground of the driveway into the...

Chico resident ordered to evacuate twice due to Camp Fire and flash flooding

Chico resident ordered to evacuate twice due to Camp Fire and flash flooding

Josh Cozine

December 21, 2018

Around the police blockade, at the entrance to Honey Run Road on the outskirts of Chico, the Camp Fire could be seen burning in small patches on the northern side of the road. Hopping out of a truck, reporters from The Orion all began shooting videos and pictures, slowly moving further up the road,...

Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation remains unharmed after Camp Fire

Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation remains unharmed after Camp Fire

Grant Schmieding

December 12, 2018

Smoke filled the air as the fire burned surrounding areas, under a mile from the property. Tarps and sheets were placed over enclosures to keep the smoke out. It’s no easy task evacuating lions and tigers. Like much of Butte County, the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation—which houses a wide...

Camp Fire photos from Chico and Paradise

Camp Fire photos from Chico and Paradise

Alex Grant

December 5, 2018

The following photos are taken in a variety of places in the Chico and Paradise communities. More photos will be added to this page as I travel to areas affected by the Camp Fire. To see a photo timeline with some of these photos click on this link. ...

Photo of the day

Photo of the day

Alex Grant

December 5, 2018

A Red-bellied newt crawls over white ash that was left from the Camp Fire. This newt was found on Saturday near the southern part of the Flumes in Paradise. Click here to view more photos of Paradise and the Camp Fire. Alex Grant can be reached at [email protected] or @AlexThomasGrant on Twitter....

Vans gives away shoes to Camp Fire victims at Chico High School

Vans gives away shoes to Camp Fire victims at Chico High School

Justin Jackson

December 2, 2018

Doing its part to help the victims of the Camp Fire, Vans went to Chico High on Saturday to give away free shoes. The first thing noticeable was the enormous line outside the Lincoln Center that many people would wait at least 2 hours to get through. If they did manage to get through it, they would...

Camp Fire flames finally settle, yet the housing crisis rages on

Camp Fire flames finally settle, yet the housing crisis rages on

Alex Grant

November 28, 2018

A flame-shredded American flag hangs in the still, grey air. It's flagpole barely holds on to a vertical gutter that's attached to a burnt piece of wood. A charred chimney stands intact behind the flag. Blackened, brown and green tree trucks, limbs and leaves stand behind a chimney in a thick, ash-filled...

Camp Fire Timeline

Camp Fire Timeline

Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant

November 28, 2018

The following photos are from the Camp Fire taken in Chico and Paradise. The photos are from the first two days of the fire on Nov. 8 and 9 and from Nov. 15 and 16, a week after the fire began. All photos taken by Alex Grant.  Julia Maldonado and Alex Grant can be reached at n...

The Orion’s Camp Fire Newscast

The Orion’s Camp Fire Newscast

Christian Solis

November 28, 2018

Nearly three weeks ago the Camp Fire flames ignited Paradise and several neighboring Butte County communities. The fire burned through 153,336 acres of Butte County. The thick, toxic smoke spread to cities as close as Chico to cities as far as San Francisco. Now that first-responders have fully contained...

Camp Fire Story III: Paramedic Steve Caput donates time to care for evacuees

Camp Fire Story III: Paramedic Steve Caput donates time to care for evacuees

Josh Cozine

November 28, 2018

Steve Caput, a paramedic, has been working at East Avenue Church which opened its doors to Camp Fire evacuees. When the fire broke out, Caput was one of the first, first-responders on scene, rescuing people from Paradise and bringing them down the hill to Chico. After his shift, and during any downtime...

FEMA plans to stay in Chico as Camp Fire statistics continue to rise

FEMA plans to stay in Chico as Camp Fire statistics continue to rise

Mathew Miranda

November 28, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will continue operating at the local assistance center in Chico until Jan.12, at the earliest. However, the probability of staying beyond that date remains high according to FEMA officials. The Stafford Act, a prescriptive law approved by Congress dic...

Camp Fire Story: Model United Nations Adviser John Crosby

Camp Fire Story: Model United Nations Adviser John Crosby

Justin Jackson

November 28, 2018

John Crosby, political science instructor and Model U.N. Adviser, lost his home in Magalia due to the Camp Fire. The following is the story of how he traveled across the nation without knowing the status of his home. The morning of the fire John Crosby and his students were headed to a Model U.N. c...

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