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Remembering the 2018 Camp Fire

November 19, 2020

Butte Strong Tree plaqueIt hardly seems like two years have passed since the Camp Fire raged through the foothills of Butte County, leveling the towns of Paradise and Concow and burning parts of several other communities.

Everyone within the Butte College community was in some way affected by the devastating wildfire that broke out on Nov. 8, 2018 — some far more than others. By the time the Camp Fire was extinguished by a soaking rain that arrived on Thanksgiving, the blaze had burned almost 240 sq. miles, destroyed 18,804 structures, and killed 85 people.

More than 1,471 Butte College students lived in the Camp Fire area and more than 871 students and 139 employees lost their homes. Among our colleagues in the California Community Colleges Technology Center, 10 families were displaced, and eight lost their homes.

To mark the two-year anniversary of the Camp Fire, the Butte College Classified Senate held a remembrance ceremony at its Nov. 4 meeting, during which a video was premiered of the Butte Strong Tree dedication that took place on the one-year anniversary. We include a link to the tree dedication video below, along with other selected remembrances and resources.

Camp Fire Remembrance/Plaque Unveiling

Butte Strong Tree Dedication (2019)

Butte Strong video

One Year After the Camp Fire video

Fire in Paradise documentary

Rebuilding Paradise film

Butte Strong Fund

Roadrunner Rise Camp Fire Emergency Assistance Grant