Camp Fire

Updates on the impacts of the Butte County "Camp Fire"

This page is to inform Morrison clients and friends as to the impact on our area and our team of the "Camp Fire."  We will update it as new information unfolds, so please feel free to check back. 

The Camp Fire started  about 6:30 a.m., on Thursday, November 8, near Camp Creek Road by the town of Paradise.  It grew with stunning rapidity, and by Thursday evening all of Paradise and much of the surrounding area were under mandatory or advisory evacuations, including parts of Chico and Durham.  (Paradise is about 12 miles upwind of Chico).  Due to evacuations and other related concerns, Morrison & Company closed Thursday afternoon and all of Friday (November 8 and 9).  Our office reopened Monday, November 12.  Please see Updates below, followed by a list of Local Resources for our clients and friends in the immediate Butte County area.  

In honor of Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, you can see the results of a Sheriff Honea meme contest we had for our team here and here.  

Updates

November 20, 2018Shawn and his family have allowed back to their home.  Geoff, whose Paradise home survived the fire, and fhis amily are still evacuated. It could be a couple of months before clean-up and restoration efforts will be allowed.

Butte County public schools will be closed until December 3, causing childcare challenges for many.  Air quality has improved, which should be helped by the rain predicted for November 20 - 23.  Over an inch is projected some days, leading to mudslide concerns. 

As of today, the  Camp Fire is at 151,373 acres, 70 percent contained.  Confirmed fatalities have risen to 79.  The fire has destroyed 11,713 structures, of which 10,364 are residences.  For perspective, Paradise, where most of the structural damage occurred, had 9,900 residences before the fire.

November 15, 2018 Geoff and Shawn are still under mandatory evacuation orders but back to work, as is the rest of the Morrison team.  All Butte County public schools are closed until after Thansgiving, and we are providing flexibility to take care of childcare and other needs.  Some have displaced family and friends staying with them, and other members of the team have located their families out of the area due to air quality concerns. Our schedule may be somewhat impacted by these factors but we are largely back to "normal." 

At a news conference last night, officials announced that the fire is now at 138,000 acres, 35% contained. It was announced that 8,650 homes are confirmed destroyed. No breakdown by location was given but the vast majority are in the town of Paradise; for perspective, there are, or were, 9,900 homes in Paradise. Sadly, the confirmed death count has risen to 56 with 130 unaccounted for.  

November 13, 2018:  Fire officials report that 6,453 residences in the town of Paradise (out of a total of 9,900) are confirmed destroyed and the number is expected to rise when counts can be completed.  Geoff Chinnock's home was spared for which we praise God; it was the only home on his street that was not destroyed.  Unfortunately his parent's home was lost.  Most members of the Morrison team evacuated under mandatory or voluntary evacuations in the first few days.  Geoff, Shawn Miller, and their families remain under mandatory evacuation orders.  

As of the latest reports, the fire now encompasses 117,000 acres and is 30% contained.  Based on the 6,453 private residences, 74 apartments, and 260 businesses confirmed destroyed, State officials report that the Camp Fire is now the most destructive wildfire in California history.  Sadly, with 42 confirmed fatalities and more expected, it is also the most deadly.

Most Paradise public schools were either destroyed or severely damaged, and all Butte County public schools will be closed until after Thanksgiving as many of their personnel lived in Paradise and because of air quality concerns.  While only Geoff and Shawn remain under mandatory evacuation orders, other members of the Morrison team are impacted by school closures and related childcare challenges, are hosting displaced friends or relatives, or facing other challenges. While we are attempting to resume a normal schedule, there may be times when we ask your patience.

November 9, 2018:  You may have heard of the fires that are ravaging Butte County, starting with a spark yesterday morning and growing to over 70,000 acres today.  The nearby town of Paradise, where one of our team members lives, has been described as “destroyed.”  Specifics are spotty and changing, but it is reported that over 2,000 structures there have burned.  Several members of our team are or were under mandatory or advisory evacuations, and others left voluntarily for safety reasons.  All schools in the county are closed.  The smoke is indescribable.  It is about noon as I write this, my blinds are open, and it is almost completely dark.  Areas of Chico, where our office is, and Durham, where I live, were under evacuation orders that have now largely been lifted.

Our office is closed today so our team can take care of their families.  Next week will have to be played by ear, but as of now we hope we can start getting back to normal on Monday.  That will vary depending on each individual’s needs.  We appreciate your patience and prayers at this time, and please understand any delays in response time.

Local Resources

Morrison & Company is reviewing the extensive community needs and will participate in volunteer and fundraising efforts, as we did in the 2017 Oroville Dam spillway failure and last year's Sonoma/Napa Wine country fires.  We have also identified several resources that may be of value to Butte County businesses and residents:

News resources:
Twitter: Butte County Sheriff
Twitter: CHP Headquarters
Twitter: Butte County, CA
Facebook: Chico Police Department
Action News Now
 

Summer 2018 California Wildfires Helping Handbook:  From the law firm Morrison & Foerster, covers housing , employment and related benefits, insurance, FEMA, SBA loan assistance, business interruption, personal finances & taxes, pets & animals, healthcare, and more.  Click here.

Disaster Unemployment Insurance Through EDD, click here

Free access to resources, materials and counseling services Magellan Health - Blue Shield, through its dedicated hotline 1-800-327-7451.

BASECAMP app-based information sharing tool: Allows information to be pushed to individuals (employees) and allows people to edit certain documents (such as sharing the needs they have … or for those who have items to offer, they can add those, too).
• If you have iOS/Apple phone, use this link to download the app:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1015603248
• If you have Android/Google phone, use this link to download the app:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.basecamp.bc3
 
Employers directly affected by the Camp Fire may extend state payroll reportsEmployers may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the EDD to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. To request an extension, employers must send a letter to EDD specifically requesting an extension of time under Section 1111.5 of the CUIC. The letter must also provide detailed information as to why the report or payment could not be submitted in a timely manner.  Address letter to:

EDD
PO Box 826880
Sacramento, CA 94246-0001

Resources for victims:  A list of numerous resources for fire victims, including finding loved ones, finding vehicles, pet supplies/food, housing, air quality, medical, mail, food, and more.  Click here.  

Map of structures affected by fire Click the map, and you can then enter an address to determine status of the structure. Updated continually.  Click here.  

FEMA grants: May be used for temporary housing, emergency home repairs, uninsured or underinsured personal property losses, and medical, dental and funeral expenses related to the fire.  Call 800-621-3362.  

Housing:
• North Valley Property Owners Association: In collaboration with other local non-profit groups has several housing options.  Click here.  
• Airbnb disaster program:  Click here.  
• Red Cross "Get Help":  Click here.  
• Mail:  Mail from Paradise, Magalia, Stirling City and Forest Ranch is all going to the post office in downtown Chico on 5th Street between Main Street and Broadway. Bring an I-D card with a photo to pick up mail for a certain address.