5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PAR­ADISE

The Sacramento Bee - - Cover Story -

Dev­as­tated by the Camp Fire, which had burned more than 70,000 acres as of Fri­day with 5 per­cent con­tain­ment re­ported by Cal Fire, the town of Par­adise in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia has by many ac­counts been mostly de­stroyed.

An es­ti­mated 2,000 struc­tures have been lev­eled, Cal Fire said Fri­day morn­ing, many of them homes. With six fa­tal­i­ties con­firmed Fri­day by the Butte County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, the Camp Fire is al­ready one of the 20 dead­li­est fires on record in Cal­i­for­nia his­tory.

All six vic­tims per­ished on a sin­gle street in Par­adise, trapped in ve­hi­cles as they tried to es­cape the blaze, of­fi­cials said.

Be­fore this week’s tragic events, the Butte County com­mu­nity of Par­adise, six miles east of Chico city lim­its, was a fairly quiet place. It had just un­der 27,000 res­i­dents as of the 2010 cen­sus. Here are five things to know about Par­adise:

IT SUF­FERED AN­OTHER ‘CAMP FIRE’ IN 2008

DANIEL KIM dkim@sacbee.com

An in­mate vol­un­teer in the Con­ser­va­tion Fire Camps Pro­gram clears the road of de­bris on Sky­way in Chico on Fri­day.

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