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Disaster Date:11/08/2018

Paradise, CA


What Happened

The Camp Fire started on November 8, 2018 due to a faulty electrical line and made worse by a drought in the area. By the time it was contained on November 25, 2018, it had become the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. At least 85 civilians were killed, and several civilians and firefighters were injured. The total damage from the fire was estimated at $16.5 billion, with one quarter of the damage uninsured.

Volunteer in Paradise, CA

What MDS Is Doing

Weekly volunteers will be staying at apartments on the property of the former Atria Retirement Center. The work will focus on building homes that were destroyed by wildfire in the town of Paradise and the surrounding county. The county is rugged and some jobs may be 45 minutes from town on mostly paved roads.


Paradise is located about 85 miles north of Sacramento, CA. Over 95% of structures in the town of Paradise were destroyed by the Camp Fire in November 2018. The population in 2010 was reported to be 26,800. After the fire, the population declined more than 90% to approximately 4,600 residents. In the winter, Paradise has an average high temperature of about 55° F and an average low temperature of about 40° F. In the summer, temperatures average around 90° F.

At A Glance

Weekly Reports

Paradise, CA – July 17-23, 2022

We were pleased to welcome our largest summer youth group this week. 15 youth and sponsors traveled from Inman, Kansas to serve in Paradise. Despite a very early morning flight, they came full of energy and ready to experience all the week would hold...

Paradise, CA – July 10-16

We had five young, energetic men join us this week – two from Lancaster, PA and three from WV. Several of them had previously served with MDS, and they all came with valuable carpentry skills. One volunteer was a Ukrainian refugee being...

Paradise, CA – July 3-9

Over the weekend, we said goodbye to Carol and Leon Brubaker (head cook and crew leader) and welcomed our new cooks for the month of July, Tim and Dottie Weber. Herb Hoover also joined our team as a crew leader. We welcomed another energetic youth...