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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

Stories from the Field

Weekly Reports

Paradise, CA – Nov. 13-19, 2022

Another week of beautiful weather in the 60’s.  Great working weather for sure!!  We had a big group of volunteers from Winnipeg, Canada with lots of energy! Windows were installed, all siding was painted, and all siding applied to Mr. Reams home...

Paradise, CA – Oct. 9-15, 2022

We had a very productive week in Paradise with just a few weekly volunteers.  Drywall was completed on Ms. Dechter’s home and the first coat of mudding was almost done by the end of the week.  A big change was made at Mr. Ream’s home with side...

Paradise, CA – Oct. 2-8, 2022

Paradise, CA project site is up and running again after a few months of inactivity.  We are a small but energetic group! Finishing touches and some modifications were made to Ms. Hanley’s kitchen cabinets which finished off her job.  Sheetrock...