Butte County Residents Share Experiences a Year After Camp Fire

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A view of a property that had a home that was destroyed by the Camp Fire on October 21, 2019 in Paradise, California. It has been one year since the the Camp Fire ripped through the town. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Friday marks the first anniversary of the most destructive wildfire in California history, claiming the lives of 85 people and destroying more than 18,000 structures. But Paradise is rebuilding. Some 200 businesses have reopened and an estimated 3,000 people have moved back. We talk with folk from Butte County to hear how they have fared in the past year and get their thoughts on the future for Paradise.


Jody Jones, mayor, City of Paradise

Tommie Mercer, goldsmith and jeweler; former Paradise resident

Melissa Boutelle, assistant to lead pastor, Paradise Alliance Church

Sonja Hutson, reporter, KQED News