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

Medics operate out of a trailer turned into a makeshift triage trailer at the East Avenue Church Photo credit: Josh Cozine

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

A man enjoys a meal provided by World Central Kitchen at the Disaster Recovery Center located inside the Chico Mall. The center provides Camp Fire evacuees with resources to help with recovering documents, counseling and other kinds of support. Photo credit: Brian Luong

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

John Crosby took his members of his class to Washington D.C. unsure of the status of his home. Photo credit: Mathew  Miranda

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...

Volunteers seek to reunify Camp Fire animals with owners

Jan Reale, NVADG volunteer since 2008, with Pericles, one of the sheltered dogs being cared for at the shelter by the Chico Airport. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

November 27, 2018

Thousands of people have been displaced by the Camp Fire, and so have their pets. Hundreds of animals have been rescued from evacuation sites but many are still waiting to be reunited with their owners. “We are currently in the reunification phase where animals are being picked up by their owners,”...

President Trump surveys Camp Fire damages in Paradise with local representatives

President Trump lands at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, California Saturday morning before he takes a helicopter to the Chico Airport. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Josh Cozine and Alex Grant

November 17, 2018

President Trump landed at Beale Air Force Base on his way to Butte County to survey damages from the Camp Fire. The Campfire has become the deadliest wildfire in California history with 71 fatalities confirmed so far and burning over 148,000 acres according to Cal Fire. The fire is now 55% contained. Trump...

Camp Fire Story II: Magalia couple flee their home to seek safety on Chico’s streets

While some Magalia homes off of Skyway Road were burnt down, many homes like this one were spared. Photo credit: Alex Grant

Josh Cozine

November 17, 2018

In part two of our ongoing series, Maggie Crowder and Michael Crowder spoke about their evacuation from the small foothill town of Magalia during the hours after reports of the Campfire had started coming from Paradise. Michael told about his harrowing escape on his motorcycle, feeling the embers and...

Camp Fire Story: Lourie Jones evacuated Paradise as flames approached her home

Lourie Jones and some of her family lived on Wildwood Lane in Paradise. Here's her Camp Fire evacuation story. Photo credit: Josh Cozine

Alex Grant and Josh Cozine

November 16, 2018

Lourie Jones, a Paradise mother of three and grandmother of six, described her Camp Fire evacuation story. Jones and her family fled their apartment on Wildwood Lane in southeast Paradise on Nov. 8, the day the fire started. Here is her story: Jones sent us a video she took in the car when her family and her evacuated Paradise down Skyway going toward Chico...

Firefighters push Camp Fire from Chico city limits

Vehicles were left on the side of the Skyway as the Camp Fire burned through Paradise and forced evacuations into Chico. Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

November 9, 2018

Updated 11:03 a.m. Friday The Butte County Sheriff's office confirmed that at least five people in Paradise are known to be dead. According to a press release by the BCSO Community Relations Unit, the victims were found in vehicles that had been overtaken by the fire. Burn injuries have made it dif...

Photos: Camp Fire devastates Paradise, forces evacuations

A man was walking alone up Skyway towards Paradise. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Christian Solis

November 9, 2018

  Christian Solis and Natalie Hanson can be reached at [email protected] or @c_alexander20 or @NatalieH_Orion on Twitter....

Camp Fire Day One: Thousands evacuate through Paradise and Chico

A truck on Skyway destroyed by the destruction of Camp Fire. Photo credit: Christian Solis

Mathew Miranda, Josh Cozine, Natalie Hanson, and Alex Grant

November 8, 2018

Extreme western winds push flames and smoke through Paradise on the first day of the Camp Fire. Updated 9:45 a.m. Friday CalFire's most recent briefing confirmed that the Camp Fire is at an estimated 70,000 acres of damage, and is 5 percent contained. Weather conditions and firefighting effort...

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