Honoring Wildfire Recovery Anniversary in Butte County


As the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) continues to recognize Emergency Preparedness Month, Cal OES would like to take a moment to reflect on the North Complex Fire and the recovery efforts for the small towns of Berry Creek and Feather Falls. 

In September 2020, the North Complex Fire was one of the most destructive fires of the season, burning a total of 2,455 structures and resulting in several fatalities in Butte County. Specifically, Berry Creek’s residents suffered significant loss. Destroyed structures like the Camp for Children and Berry Creek Market were centerpieces of the rural community. 

Cal OES, along with state and local partners, soon began the process of removing hazardous material, structural debris and hazardous trees from multiple properties.   

September marks a reminder to all communities in California affected by wildfire, the importance of preparing for such disasters. Learn about Emergency Preparedness Month and start practicing essential safety.  

Wildfire Preparedness Tips 

We all have a role to play when it comes to being prepared for emergencies of all types. It’s important to communicate with your family about what to do during an emergency. 

  • Sign up to get alerts at CalAlerts.org 
  • Make a plan with family and neighbors 
  • Pack a go bag with essential items for you, your family and your pets 
  • Learn several routes out of your neighborhood in case you need to evacuate 
  • Help friends and neighbors get ready 

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