The Orion

More than a game for the city of Paradise

More than a game for the city of Paradise

Wesley Harris

August 24, 2019

Paradise High School football returned to play in front of their Paradise family for the first time since having their playoff hopes denied after the city was traumatized by the largest fire in California history. Along with running the score up in a 42-0 shutout, the Bobcats’ performance provided th...

Paradise schools are making rebuilding progress after Camp Fire

Paradise schools are making rebuilding progress after Camp Fire

Trenton Taylor

May 1, 2019

There was one thing going through the mind of Paradise Unified School District Superintendent Michelle John on the morning of the Camp Fire, "Get these kids and staff off the ridge safely." “Communications broke down throughout the town, but our busses immediately got the kids, and cell phones were...

‘The Almond Orchard’ poses important questions to Chico

‘The Almond Orchard’ poses important questions to Chico

Rayanne Painter

March 18, 2019

The opening night of “The Almond Orchard” debuted at downtown Chico’s Blue Room Theatre Thursday night. As an adaptation of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” this rendition of the classic play keeps Chekhov's comedic relief in a tale of change, love, healing and grief. What makes "The Almond...

‘Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine’ brings campfire survivors together through art

‘Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine’ brings campfire survivors together through art

Alex Coba

February 10, 2019

“Art saves lives,” said local artist Jessie Mercer about the feeling of community at the opening reception for Chico Art Center's new exhibition, "Renew, Rebuild, Reimagine." The art shown in the exhibition is a response to the Camp Fire. "The gallery is designed to give the community a safe place...

Local musicians aid in Camp Fire relief effort

Local musicians aid in Camp Fire relief effort

Rayanne Painter

January 23, 2019

Celebration has been bittersweet since flames took to the town of Paradise in November. But excitement still filled the air as dutiful fans waited eagerly for musicians Jonathan Richman and MaMuse during a Camp Fire benefit concert hosted by KZFR Radio at the Chico Women’s Center, Friday.Jonathan Richman, a...

Butte College weathers the Camp Fire, lends assistance to Cal Fire and students

Butte College weathers the Camp Fire, lends assistance to Cal Fire and students

Josh Cozine

December 5, 2018

President of Butte College, Samia Yaqub, stood up and walked over to the south-facing window of her office on the third floor of the Student and Administrative Services building of the college’s main campus. From the high vantage point she began pointing out burnt and blackened patches of fields that...

Heavy rains could threaten salmon spawn from toxic Camp Fire runoff

Heavy rains could threaten salmon spawn from toxic Camp Fire runoff

Dan Christian

December 3, 2018

With the Camp Fire 100% contained, evacuation orders are slowly being lifted and roads are opening up allowing residents of Honey Run and Butte Creek Canyon to return to their property for the first time since being ravaged by the Camp Fire. However, with cleanup efforts still in their early stages th...

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...

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...

President Trump surveys Camp Fire damages in Paradise with local representatives

President Trump surveys Camp Fire damages in Paradise with local representatives

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: Lourie Jones evacuated Paradise as flames approached her home

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

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

Firefighters push Camp Fire from Chico city limits

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...

X
The student news site of California State University, Chico
CampFire