Nielsen, Gallagher bring fellow legislators to see Camp Fire burn areas

PARADISE — Over a dozen state legislators came to see the Camp Fire burn areas for themselves Thursday, at the request of Assemblyman James Gallagher and State Sen. Jim Nielsen.

Gallagher, R-Yuba City, and Nielsen, R-Red Bluff, took the visiting bipartisan group on a tour of Paradise, then they all met with local representatives who explained current critical needs such as housing. Over 18,000 structures were burned in the Camp Fire and at least 86 people were killed.

Before a closed-door briefing at Paradise Town Hall, Paradise Town Manager Lauren Gill said it was important that the Legislature understood the magnitude of the situation before passing the state budget in the summer.