Christopher Bradford Boulder Creek California Fire Recovery Local News 

Nine Months

May 20, 2021 By Antonia Bradford Today is nine months to the day that my home burned to the ground. I will never forget the moment that I found out she was gone. I have never experienced grief like that. Deep. Painful. I screamed and sobbed in my husband’s arms for an hour. I would wake up in our hotel… Read More
PG&E unpermitted tree cutting in the CZU Burn zone Fire Recovery Local News 

Unpermitted Tree Cutting in the CZU Burn Zone: How Many Laws Might PG&E Have Broken?

By Chris Finnie Dennis Hall, Assistant Deputy Director of Forestry Practices with CAL FIRE, explains that, after fires, “The major utility companies in the state rapidly deploy large crews to restore power in areas affected by fire. Restoring power often requires the removal of trees to facilitate the operations and to remove safety concerns (e.g., from damaged trees falling on… Read More
Big Basin Water Company Columns Fire Recovery Local News Water 

Big Basin Water Company Facing Challenges

By Jayme Ackemann “Water, water everywhere; nor a drop to drink.” The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, depicts the plight of an Irish sailor adrift at sea, surrounded by undrinkable saltwater. For Big Basin Water Company (BBWC) customers, this old idiom may seem especially prophetic as questions are raised about the utility’s fate. Until January… Read More
Chris Copeland insurance Column: Antonia Bradford Fire Recovery Local News People 

Fire Recovery: Chris Copeland Offers Insurance Education and Assistance

By Antonia Bradford When the CZU fire hit the San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley resident and retired insurance adjuster Chris Copeland knew right away that families who lost their homes would have a second battle in front of them – figuring out their insurance policies and contending with insurance companies. What he didn’t expect was the mistreatment that so many… Read More
Firesafe fire safe santa cruz county Fire Recovery Letters Local News 

Letter: Please Fund FireSafe Council of Santa Cruz County to Help Reduce Rural Fire Risks

Dear County Board of Supervisors, I am writing to ask that you direct the County Administrative Officer to allocate substantial revenues in the 2021-2022 Santa Cruz County Budget to provide funding for the FireSafe Council of Santa Cruz County. Your Board established the Council in 2016 but has stopped funding it. Two-thirds of Santa Cruz County lies within the Wildland Urban… Read More
Fire insurance seminars Fire Recovery 

Upcoming Fire Recovery Webinars

3/23 How to Survive the Home Insurance Crisis Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 4:00 PM PT Zoom – registration required California homeowners REGISTER Free webinar on keeping your assets insured and protected when options are limited and premiums are climbing A ROADMAP TO PREPAREDNESS WEBINAR: Consumer advocate Amy Bach & insurance expert Karl Susman will discuss: What is the CA… Read More
Phase II cleanup Boulder Creek CZU Fire Fire Recovery Local News 

Phase II Debris Removal After the CZU Fire

By Mary Andersen The CZU Lightning Complex Fire in August 2020 burned over 86,000 acres and destroyed 1,490 buildings leaving several hundred families struggling to find housing while contending with their properties. Many fire survivors have spoken out online, recounting struggles with their insurance companies and Santa Cruz County’s planning department. While property owners have found the county’s permit processes… Read More