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    Hello Friends,

    I just returned from a 7-week work assignment at the Paradise California Camp Fire. I am wondering if anyone from this group was there so that we can compare notes.

    Our Base Camp was located at a golf course, at 3100 Skyway, or about halfway between Chico and Paradise. We lived out of semi-trailers that were converted to sleeper bunks, with 42 men to a trailer.

    Meals were served at a camp kitchen constructed of tents. There were portable shower facilities and rows upon rows of porta-johns.

    I'd like to discuss the fire and the aftermath with anyone who might be interested.Click image for larger version. 

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    Hey! Good to read you again.
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    Sounds like the standard California/CalFire fire camp setup.

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    It kinda looks like my berthing on Enterprise! This was the top bunk in a 3 bunk system. Good 'ole curtains!
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    Rehab work Joel?
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    Yes. A call went out for certified arborists to help with the Camp Fire aftermath. The entire project was headed up by PG&E. Our work was dedicated to restoring the power lines and securing a right of way for the electrical utilities. Needless to say, it's a mess out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by candoarms View Post

    I'd like to discuss the fire and the aftermath with anyone who might be interested.
    Mastery is an illusion, grace a momentary gift, apprenticeship endless.

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    Cory,

    I had a great opportunity to visit with and learn from a great group of arborists while serving on the Camp Fire project. For many of the arborists there, this was their 4th or 5th fire project. Others, like myself, were serving for the first time.

    Each evening, during mealtime, a group of arborists would get together and casually report on the days events and activities. Discussions would take place regarding the work that was taking place.

    As I learned from the seasoned arborists on this fire, the Paradise Camp Fire was NOT a forest fire. It was primarily a ground fire. The yards surrounding the homes had no grass. Yards consisted of forest litter, or duff, consisting of pine needles and leaves, often over a foot thick. Those homes that survived the fire generally had large open yards, few trees, and green grass that they kept mowed.

    Estimates suggest that it will cost the homeowners 40,000 dollars to clean up their home sites. Their insurance will not pay the cost of cleanup. This cost will be subtracted from the payout amount.

    PG&E has gone tits up. I believe they've already filed for bankruptcy projection under Chapter 11. It was for this reason that we were all sent home. There is no money to pay for any further work.

    Joel

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    Wow!


    Good on you for helping. I can't imagine how pissed people must be.

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    Fricking amazing.