The Camp Fire started in the early morning of Thursday, November 8, 2018, east of the town of Paradise in Butte County. A faulty electric transmission line ignited in the nearby hills and an easterly wind drove the fire downhill through developed areas.
Tragically, the fire caused the deaths of 85 people. Additionally, it burned over 150,000 acres and destroyed more than 18,000 structures, with most of the damage occurring within the first four hours. The towns of Paradise and Concow were almost completely destroyed, each losing about 95% of their structures. It remains the most deadly and destructive fire in California's history.
Since then, the Paradise community has demonstrated remarkable resilience and the Paradise Recreation and Park District has been at the forefront of the recovery and rebuild. CARPD and its members will never forget the lives lost and those forever changed on this fateful day five years ago.