An image of the Camp Fire on Nov. 8 from the Landsat 8 satellite. Image credit: USGS/NASA/Joshua Stevens

Butte County, Calif. November 8, 2019 – November 8, 2018 is a day that forever changed the Town of Paradise, Butte County and California. One year later, we remember the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history.

Over 18 days last fall, the Camp Fire burned 153,336 acres across Butte County. It destroyed 18,804 structures, including nearly 14,000 homes and more than 500 commercial buildings, and took the lives of 85 citizens.

Today we remember each of those who perished in the fire, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, and loved ones. As we move forward, we acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of individuals and organizations who have given and continue to give their time, money, sweat and tears to rebuild our lives and communities.

“I will never forget the incredible sacrifice and often heroic efforts by citizens, firefighters, law enforcement and first responders, many of whom worked tirelessly to save lives while their own homes burned. I can’t express how proud I am of the community I call home.” said Butte Unit Chief David Hawks. “Seeing the recovery efforts in Paradise, Magalia, Concow, and each community affected by the fire gives me hope that Butte County will emerge stronger than ever.”

As your local fire department, CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire and the Paradise Fire Department look forward to continuing our dedicated and professional service to the residents and visitors of Paradise and Butte County.