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by the nature of their job officers encounter high stress situation and people in distress. the san francisco police department shows the use of force is down 24% over the same period just last year with 500 reported uses of force out of nearly 200,000 calls for service. since july 2016 the department said there has been a 47 percent decrease in use of force. the department following a mandate to safeguard human life and dignity. >> it highlights our use of force policy which highlights the sanctity of life, de- escalation, communications and concepts we have gathered talking to other agencies. >> reporter: they credit decreasing use of force and ongoing training on how to de- escalate with crisis intervention training. in some cases officers can diffuse the situation by changing their language and use questions.
>> the question of drop the knife can turn into you have the knife and start the dialogue and conversation with the person they are encountering to find out why they have a knife. >> numbers are encouraging. it is a great beginning of the conversation. some of the things we are interested in seeing his accurate reflection of where that information is coming from. >> reporter: henderson said more needs to be done to find out how the department is arriving at those results. in particularly an agency responsible for reporting on itself. how can we make it how in making sure that the trend to diminish use of force continues. >> reporter: the city requires the police department to file quarterly reports about use of
force. the department was highlighting in the report that they have not had a fatal officer involved shooting since june 2018. live in san francisco, christien kafton ktvu fox 2 news. >> thank you so much. residence of the butte county town of paradise stopped today to remember the lives lost one year ago. they stood silent this morning and many in tears for 85 seconds. one second for each person killed in the camp fire. the fire destroyed nearly 19,000 structures and almost wiped out the town of paradise. nearby towns also lost homes and businesses. those losses are still taking their toll. >> it changed everybody. people barely got out with their lives appear and they don't understand how horrific the fire was and how scary it was.
it changed people. it changed this town. >> this man lost several friends in the fire. flames raced up the ridge and trap them in their cars. greg ran to a creek and survived that his friends didn't make it. >> with tens of thousands and buildings and cars destroyed there was cleanup that had to be done over the last year. this was shared from sacramento. cars burned out and abandoned as if there were a war zone here. it left this rubble. one year later the drone flew over those same areas and cleanup work seems to have been completed. piles of rubble hauled away. cars are all gone and even the plans have regrown in the burn area. the lot is now all cleared up. alex savidge is live in paradise. there will be a community ceremony tonight. >> reporter: there will be a
ceremony happening shortly. at the paradise alliance church. as you can see behind us people from throughout the town of paradise and some surrounding communities are coming together to share a meal. this is a meal provided free of charge by world central kitchens. this free meal is a chance for people to come together to see their neighbors and in a lot of cases we are seeing people walk up to one another and ask them how they are doing. these are folks they haven't seen in some time. obviously after the camp fire swept through this area, people moved to different places. some people were planning to return to paradise and some people already starting to rebuild but it will be a slow process for this community to come back. all day long here on the anniversary of the deadly and destructive camp fire there have been a series of tributes to the lives that were lost and the homes that were destroyed
by the fire. let me show you what was unveiled earlier today. a unique sculpture that will honor the 85 people who lost their lives in this fire one year ago today. this is called ridge key phoenix. it is made up of 12,000 individual keys. all of them were collected from various homes here in butte county that burned in the camp fire. the artist behind this project, jessica mercer said she turned these keys into a phoenix that is seen rising from the ashes. >> all the personalized keys making out some details to try to make this look joyful as much as i could even though memory was sparse. you look at paradise elementary school, we lost that school. i get to work with those kids every day and it is beautiful. to know that their key is on here, that they don't have the
school anymore and that they are sharing a school is so powerful. there is a diary key from a seven-year-old. she told me to keep her secret safe. this goes so much further than art. >> the ridge key phoenix sculpture sits in central paradise. that was just one of a number of tributes that were unveiled today here in this community as people here stopped to mark a very somber anniversary. as you drive around the town of paradise and the surrounding communities what is really noticeable here just one year out from the fire is how much cleanup has been done during that time. you see lot after lot after lot all clear of debris and what you also see as you drive through town is a whole lot of construction. hundreds of homes are under construction right now. rob roth talked with some people
who are returning to paradise right now and choosing to rebuild here in an area where wildfires are always going to be a threat. >> reporter: amid the fire scarred landscape of paradise, the seemingly empty rows of endless lot where homes once stood. a sign still stands from last christmas belonging to a store no longer there. life is returning from the ashes. here on forest lane victoria sinclair and her family are living in the rebuilt home. >> it is 100% the most relaxing place to be. i enjoy every single moment i hear. >> reporter: the sinclair's were the first homeowners to move back. this area is my shrine to my home. >> reporter: the little the family was able to salvage is on display in the living room. >> my grandmother gave me this teapot when we first got married. on november 8, 2018 the camp fire came on so fast people
have little time to evacuate. things were blowing up and catching on fire and lines were coming down. you were just in this apocalyptic environment and it was unreal. >> reporter: sinclair said she drove through flames using windshield fluid to put out embers on her car. still she her daughter and husband are happy to be back in paradise even if it means running the risk of another wildfire. >> i saw the promise of something new that was going to come from that and for me it was a feeling of being home. >> reporter: on the day of the fire 26,000 people lived in paradise. since then just 3000 have moved back. folks say recovery will be slow. >> we lost 80% of the congregation in our church. >> reporter: of 18,000 homes destroyed just 11,000 are finished with 450,000 more in the pipeline. the town's building department expects those numbers to keep
growing. the clements are living in an rv on their property but expect their home will be ready by christmas. >> our mailman clapped because we were coming back. >> reporter: clement keeps the scraps of his melted harley. they understand why many won't return with problems of securing loans. but the clements can't picture living anywhere else. >> it will be a new paradise. it won't be as busy. but i think the community is really strong. >> reporter: this woman wears her love of paradise on her arm. >> you can't out run mother nature. why not just adhere? why not stay here where you know the people. >> reporter: many won't return to paradise but for those who do come backa community that comes back stronger than ever. rob roth, ktvu fox 2 news.
>> certainly there is a lot of optimism in this community one year out from the camp fire about what the future is going to look like here as rob alluded to. only a fraction of the people who once lived in this bustling town of about 26,000 people, only a fraction of them are here right now so things feel quiet right now but they are certainly in a rebuilding mode and a lot of people here looking to the future as this town tries to bounce back from an unbelievable tragedy. >> we will check back in and about 20 minutes or so. thank you for that report. many first responders are now looking back at the horrifying events that unfolded exactly one year ago. cal fire butte county captain played a critical role in the initial response to the camp fire. he said he along with another veteran ute county fire commander simply could not believe how quickly the huge flames were racing across the city of paradise. >> you hear the reports of
where the fire was going and how fast it was going, took us both by surprise because we fought numerous fires appear in the area which has a ridge fire history. so it really took us by surprise with how fast the fire was moving. >> the captain has been a firefighter in butte county for 24 years. he said he knew immediately the fire that broke out on november 8 2018 was unlike anything he had seen before. >> after the camp fire raged last november, chico-based sierra nevada brewing company stepped up in a big way. the company created a beer called resilience ipa to raise money for the recovery. before long 1400 different breweries around the country were also making and selling the beer. we just got updated numbers. so far $8.4 million have been raised. 100% of that money goes to the butte strong fund. it is the fund focused on the
long-term restoration butte county. we will have more coming up in 20 minutes. police department turning to modern technology to solve cold cases. they are using social media in the podcast craze to get answers. san francisco's federal building on seventh and mission is not the cities prettiest building. the courtyard has become popular every night with drug dealers, drug buyers, drinkers and a whole lot of other folks.
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people who live near seventh and mission street status another kind of nightlife that is impacting health and safety of the neighborhood. we are talking about the federal plaza outside the social security building. drug use and drug dealing is scaring and angering those who live nearby. tom vacar spent the day in the city looking at the problem. >> reporter: during daylight the plaza is part of the san francisco federal building at seventh and mission is mostly empty across its white space. supervisor matt haney says when it starts to get dark and until the wee hours of the morning for the last few months it has become far far different. >> there hundreds of people out there. many of whom are selling and using drugs. serious health needs their.spre it has a ripple effect throughout the neighborhood.
>> reporter: there are tment bu residential hotels brought the area filled with people who are sick of it. >> we don't come out here at night. we go home. no one comes out this way. >> it is all right outside the federal building. i lived in the city all my life born and raised. it is getting outrageous. >> no one is there to help. no security or foot patrol. no maintenance from the federal government. >> reporter: you might think that this nightly assemblage must have some rules and there are. in fact it says no disturbances, no narcotics drugs, alcoholic beverages, soliciting, debt collection, explosives or weapons. well, that is what it says. >> i am seeing crack addicts and people shooting heroin in the middle of the street. i am seeing people that do not care about their lives. >> reporter: the supervisor wrote 13 local officials
requesting a multi-pronged solution. that includes private and federal security , regular maintenance and cleaning of the plaza, access to healthcare and most especially better san francisco police prioritization of the plaza and more foot patrol. add to that regular outreach by the homeless outreach team, more high definition security cameras and a sped up redesign of the plaza itself. the federal government sent a statement that said it is aware of the problem and his concern for public safety as federal law enforcement working with local police and supports outreach to get help for these people. tom vacar, ktvu fox 2 news. airbnb has offered to pay for the funerals of those killed in the halloween night massacre in orinda. he cover funeral expenses for the victims and provide counseling for the family. five people were shot and
killed at the home that had been rented for the party. the company is vowing to change its rules in regard to party houses in response to the tragedy. santa clara police want your help to solve the coldest of cold cases. they are highlighting six on their website in the hopes that might generate interest and leads. as ann rubin explains they are not alone in hoping the more views and chairs they get the more likely they are to get answers. >> most of this wall is backlog cases. field ski matthew florez was gunned down execution style in the parking lot of applied materials. it would have been his ninth day on the job. there were 20 witnesses who saw nothing and the shooting happened out of view of surveillance cameras. a suspicious ford explorer was spotted leaving the scene. >> you learn to deal with the heartache. nothing will bring them back. field ski santa clara police
haven't given up the search for answers. they are revisiting some of their coldest cases in the hope that the passage of time and advances in technology might work in their favor. the information is also posted on their website and social media pages. >> given the fact that the internet is so popular and so much information can be shared easily we wanted to put these cases out for anyone to look at at any time. >> reporter: in mountain view police are creating a cold case podcast launching next year. new york city has had success with something similar. >> we are always hopeful that something will come of these types of stories and that some information will come will help us break the case. >> reporter: matthew florez was an army veteran and a father at the time of his murder. his family said they hold out hope that someday they will get justice. >> one break and i will tell you you can go home and pop the champagne. but i pray for that. >> reporter: in the matthew florez case applied materials is still honoring the $100,000
reward they started offering in 1994. there are also smaller rewards being offered in the other cold cases. in santa clara, ann rubin ktvu fox 2 news. bay area whether has been another cool two-mile day across a good portion of northern california. we have been locked in the summer whether pattern near the coast and the bay. inland another round of hazy sunshine. we have been using this graphic to show you what has been happening. november has been off to a dry start. we will continue with that dry theme into the weekend and next week. maybe a week from today some of the forecast models have been going back and forth and maybe hinting at some rainfall but it would be light rain. a few showers and that is a long ways away and there is a lot of uncertainty between now and then. here is satellite showing you
the storm track out in the pacific. right now fog near the coast and pushing back into the bay are upper portions of the bay. right now it is a warm 70 in walnut creek. look at the cool spots san francisco and half moon bay, that fog nearby in the lower 50s. in fact there is a live camera looking above the fog deck that you can see pushing into the bay. up above we saw a layer of haze. a few high clouds paying us a visit as well. overnight lows will spots in the upper 30s. areas of fog near the coast and portions of the bay. partly cloudy skies inland. tomorrow the forecast model showing you that fog pattern. in the afternoon hours clouds clear back to the storm line. we will watch out for that. still some patchy overcast of there's your temperature range for tomorrow. hazy sun in the forecast for saturday. as far as rainfall it is still
a distant visitor in the bay area whether pattern. you can see dry conditions up and down the state. we are looking for rainfall and here's the long-range forecast model. we are dry through the weekend and early next week. you will see a little activity starting to show up in extreme northern california around the north coast. this is wednesday at 4 pm. look at what happens beyond thursday. into friday, maybe .01 in san francisco. this could be changing. there is that slight glimmer of hope that we could be tracking showers a week from today. in this forecast model bringing it into the weekend. it is still a long ways out and hopefully we can add more detail to that forecast for the next few mperatures for tomorro 50s. 70s around the bay and the warmest locations inland approaching the 80 degree mark. no big changes for sunday. breezy hills. that is one thing we will be
tracking. offshore winds returned to boost the fire danger. no red flag fire warning. we will watch out for fire danger into early next week. it is open to everyone but targeting a specific techie. we will take you to the fourth annual afro tech conference in oakland. a space specifically empowering people of color in technology. ♪ all around the wind blows ♪ we would only hold on to let go ♪ ♪ blow a kiss into the sun ♪ we need someone to lean on ♪ blow a kiss into the sun ♪ we needed somebody to lean on ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ all we need is someone to lean on ♪
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from all over the country are here in oakland taking part in the fourth annual afro tech conference. paul chambers shows you that although the conference is targeting techies of color it is open to everyone. >> reporter: this weekend in oakland more than 10,000 people of color will be taking part in a weekend long conference called afro tech. >> i worked in tech for over 10 years and there is not a ton of diversity in many of the places i work. >> reporter: in 2016, a media company targeting black millennial's decided it was time to seek out and empower people of color in the field of technology and afro tech was created. >> often times you don't see yourself reflected in mainstream media or news. >> reporter: this is the fourth annual afro tech conference. the first three were in san francisco. this year they crossed the may into oakland providing entrepreneurs a place they can feel at home and be seen by
people who look like them in their selected fields. >> it is so important that we are able to have that access and share with one another and that we are pushing the culture forward in technology. >> it is bringing more people to get into tech spaces and get into diversity. we are all about breaking down barriers and adding more representation to content, stories and creating more platforms for us and bias. >> reporter: there are 100 partners and vendors taking part in the conference where they are teaching people everything from artificial intelligence to building a startup to recruiting more people of color into a field that is predominantly caucasian. >> we are making sure our workforce is diverse and inclusive. we are interested in getting more black people to work. >> afro tech is for everybody. we focus and design an experience for black techies but we reporter: the itself is sold out but the conference for the community is
open to everyone. fox two news. paradise pauses today one year after the camp fire swept through this community claiming 85 lives and destroying thousands of homes. we will tell you about the tribute today to the victims and how this town is rebuilding. we know about the awful fire and all the losses. but where is paradise going? we came to paradise to see its future.
>> the mayor of paradise taking a look back at one year ago and talks about the lessons learned from the camp fire . she lost her home in that wildfire. and is in the process of rebuilding like so many others. every day there are more and more signs of life in paradise. proof that people there are committed to emerging from the ashes stronger and a more resilient community. today was a chance to honor those who died and hear from those who are rebuilding paradise into the town they remember. alex savidge has been up there all day. he joins us to share or stories of survival. >> reporter: good evening andre and sarah. we are here at the paradise alliance church where tonight behind us there are crowds of people who have come here for a free community meal offered up by world central kihed folks wh town of paradise come together to see their friends and
neighbors. this is a day for people to reflect on the horror that unfolded here in butte county one year ago as the camp fire swept through. so many people, 85 people were unable to escape those flames. throughout the day in paradise there have been a number of tributes to the lives that were lost. i want to show you one of those tributes. this is video of a moving scene right along skyway boulevard in the heart of paradise. the city set up a number of flags, 85 flags to be exact. one flag for each of the people who were killed in the camp fire one year ago and the american flags lined a main drag here in town on the anniversary of the camp fire when many people were returning to town for some of the various events that were taking place today. we had a chance to talk today with one woman who lost her home
like so many others here in the town of paradise. she has been living in an rv here for the time being. as she talked was a little bit about some of the progress that she had seen here in town. >> they continuously say how amazed they are at our recovery. to give you an example, paradise generated 2 1/2 times the amount of debris of the twin towers over a much wider area and it was removed and half the time. the activity that is happening today, the traffic and the trucks and all of that is remarkable and wonderful. >> reporter: normally the town of paradise puts those american flags out along skyway boulevard through the heart of town on various holidays, independence day and veterans day. today on the anniversary of the camp fire the town chose to
put out exactly 85 flags to honor the 85 people that could not escape the flames one year ago. there are so many signs of progress as you make your way through this town. there used to be thousands of lots with debris from the fire. now as you drive through town you see that almost every lot has been clear. many signs of progress. earlier today we had a chance to check in with one man, a retiree who has lived in paradise for 30 years. we checked with him six months after the camp fire. frank somerville came and talked to him and saw the wood framing that has been put up on his house. he is in the process of rebuilding his place. i went back and saw his place earlier today and talked with him about the decision to move back to paradise. how long did you live here before the fire lacks >> 30 years.
>> i came to paradise in 1981. we lived in this town for 30 years. >> reporter: you lost it one year ago? i understand you are astounded in the progress you have made. can we take a look? >> sure, come in. >> reporter: you are almost entirely rebuilt? >> i used a local contractors. i was fortunate to get the third permit out of the town. i got the second permit from the county to clear the lot. i have a private contractor that cleared the lot. we got that done in january before fema started their clearing. everything was going along really smooth. our goal originally when we started the project, i hired a local contractor to be a superintendent for me to hire all of my subs and everything. he did a good job doing it.
my goal was to be home by christmas. everything was going really smooth through june. he said you know what i'm going to get you home by thanks giving. i said that's great. everything is still going really smooth. i said it would be nice if we could move back in by november 8. he said we might be able to do that. that became our new goal. the only thing holding me up his kitchen cabinets. everything else is done except for landscaping. i told that we will be home before christmas. i doubt we will make thanksgiving but we will be home first part of december. kitchen cabinets is the only thing i'm waiting on. as soon as the cabinets go in then we will finish the rest of the floor. everything bedrooms are done and we are fu generator. when pg&e shuts off the power i
don't care. if they cut off the power and they send me a bill for the natuinthe generator i will send that back to them because they turned off the electricity. i think they should pa >> reporter: a new reality, right? >> you didn't hesitate to rebuild. >> a lot of people moved away. a lot of people had second thoughts about whether he wanted to rebuild here in paradise. it doesn't seem like you had any second thoughts? >> we talked about it initially right after the fire. everybody was traumatized. we talked about it. there is no place else we wanted to go live. where would you want to live if you didn't live here? it will look different without the trees. the community is smaller. it is like it was 50 years ago. we never hesitated. we are both retired in our 70s. my mortgage a 1500 square foot house with insurance and
taxes is $550 a month. i can't rent an apartment. so why would i go somewhere? and besides, it is home. this is where we are safe and this is our home. it is where we want to be. so we are here. almost. we are real close. >> reporter: it was one year ago today that you and your wife left in a hurry. you left the house as fire was approaching at 8:30 am. what time did you return to your house? >> we came in at 8:30 am. we walked in the front door the same time we walked out of here. it is a big deal. there was a healing. my wife especially, we got separated. i was at work when the fire started and i had a scanner so
i knew about it. i drove back into town and met her at 8:00 and we tried to get our cats and stuff. we weren't able to get them so we took one last look around and the fire was next-door so we got into separate vehicles and left town. we got split up in town because i had to pick up my daughter in another part of town. and it took us five hours to get out of town. >> reporter: like everyone else here in a ton of paradise, he has to rebuild his home to new fire safety standards that have been put in place over the past year since the camp fire. obviously he like everyone else in this community understands the risk of another fire but he said he wouldn't want to live anywhere else. when you drive through this town on a day like today you see construction cites everywhere you look. homes, businesses all of ilt. tom vacar takes a closer look now at
rebuilding here in paradise. >> reporter: the city that once held a population of 27,000 is slowly rising. it is standing tallowing with about 10% of the population it had a year ago. >> if they come up your they will see that reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated. >> reporter: almost all of the ash and debris is cleaned up and almost all of the lots are ready for building. but the town manager says with a large population of debris crews moving out an army of arborists are now moving in. >> the standing earned trees as our next emergency and something that we need to work on. >> reporter: consider this. before truly large-scale reconstruction can happen in paradise there is the matter of all of those dead and dying trees. while it is true that many have been removed there are still between 200,000 and 400,000 standing dead and dying trees
that must be removed because they present an enormous danger. all of this work leading up to the number 1 goal established right after the fire. >> getting people back in their homes was the number 1 priority. >> reporter: the rebuild paradise foundation is one of the organizations dedicated to the long-term recovery of paradise and butte county residents, businesses and workforce. >> i hope that we set a model for the western united states in how we interact and live in high risk immunities like this. >> rebuilding it is much more challenging than just running a ton. >> reporter: the fire wiped out 95% of the housing stock leaving 13,000 open lots. 60% of the businesses burned. at the moment the primary goal of the chamber of commerce is to support the 200 open businesses including two grocery stores, three drugstores and two auto parts
none of this can happen fast. >> we have enough remaining infrastructure to be able to know a direction to go. and now we are starting to see some infrastructure. >> reporter: is safe and reliable water system is under restoration. new building codes will guarantee more resilient fire resistant community. a full hospital lost in the fire is some time off. >> we are going to rebuild that beautiful vision, but rebuild it safer and with some good thoughts to evacuation routes. we understand that some people will not move back and do not want to rebuild or whatever reason. >> reporter: the town expects that those who don't return will eventually be replaced by people moving from high cost areas to the lower cost wide open and natural beauty of butte county. >> i think there is a bright future. there may be baby steps and big
leaps and it will take a while but paradise is already showing a lot of the beauty that made it what it was. and it still is. and will be. >> reporter: a city of hope, a wonderland of opportunity and a place one day perhaps more businesses and people can call a true paradise. tom vacar, ktvu fox 2 news. >> reporter: it certainly is noticeable when you have just a fraction of the population of this town of 26,000 people back here now, it seems very quiet around town. then you will turn a corner and there are signs of life. there are construction cites and businesses that are open and you can tell that this town is on its way to recovering and there has been a lot of optimism and hope about the future or the town of paradise.
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a quick update on bay area weather. we have been lost in this pattern repeating every day. temperatures have not been moving around too much. take a look at the highs this afternoon. 57 in pacifica. 83 in fairfield and in between san jose 69. showing the storm track that is moving up to the north. our dry weather into the weeken right now fog is making a push into the bay as we head into
friday evening. current numbers we will check in on those. most areas in the 50s and still a few 60s for san jose, concord and fairfield. san francisco the cool spot right now. checking them in the lower 50s. here's a live camera to sfo. we have fog in the picture for this evening. it has been the same forecast every day. i have kind of been repeating the weather story. not a lot of change into the weekend. temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s. you can see the forecast model showing clouds and fog into the bay. near the coastline there will be patchy coastal fog into the afternoon hours and another round of hazy sunshine as we head into the weekend. as we expand the view in the pacific this area of high pressure anchored in place. it is not moving much at all. our dry weather stretch will continue into next week and maybe a week from today we could be tracking a slight chance for a few showers in the
bay area. it is still a ways out. temperatures for tomorrow we will have fog to start out the days. back to the shoreline temperatures for the beaches upper 50s but inland we are thinking upper 70s to around 80 degrees. here's a look ahead, five day not too much change. there is something developing another offshore wind event sunday night into monday. thankfully this will not be a strong event and we are not expecting red flag fire warnings. this will boost the fire danger as we head into monday morning. it will boost temperatures. a few spots inland could be in the lower 80s. over the next five days no rain chance at all in the bay area. friday night finally feels like normal. coming up next they come together to celebrate after the kincaid fire. ♪ ♪
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residents are slowly trying to return to normal after the entire community was forced to evacuate from the kincaid fire. firefighters were able to keep the fire from causing widespread damage. rob roth went to a town celebration to think the first responders for saving their town. >> reporter: in downtown healdsburg friday residents and business owners gathered at the town plaza to hold a belated trick-or-treat and to thank the first responders for saving the town from the kincaid fire. people wrote messages of gratitude on a giant whiteboard in multiple languages. >> thank you for everything. when we left town on thursday we didn't know we would be back. and the fire came with an probably a quarter mile of our house.
>> reporter: after and during an evacuation of the entire town, healdsburg is trying to climb back to normalcy. open for business signs are all over downtown as our messages of appreciation. as matteo's restaurant, the owner had to throw away $12,000 worth of food spoiled during the evacuation. >> having all of this beef and veal going to the garbage, it is heartbreaking. but it is more important that our community and the people are safe. >> reporter: he won't keep that much inventory on hand anymore especially during fire season. >> a small menu. we do locally. if we run out of something, we say we have something else. learning how to live er: the boe , cancellations are up and occupancy is down. >> there is a little bit of fear in the traveler at this point and the safety and being in a beautiful lace like this and we are trying to reassure everyone
that we are a safe place to come to. >> reporter: many believe national media coverage has given the perception that the entire region is on fire. the hillsboro chamber of commerce is looking to get the message out. >> we are hopefully doing a pr campaign to go out. we are doing fellsburg open for business. residents are starting to settle into daily routines. >> the biggest thing was getting the kids back in school. for all the parents that is the first step to normal. >> reporter: every resident shares the same experience. each had to evacuate not knowing what if anything would be here when they returned and they say that bond has made this town stronger than it has ever been. in healdsburg, rob roth, ktvu fox 2 news. this is ktvu rising from the asand rebuilding even stronger. today marks one year since the deadly camp fire broke out. tonight survivors are coming
together to show their resilience and move forward. >> okay this had been a terrible event that we have to move forward. we can take the next step to rebuild paradise and rebuild our lives and respect the people that were so brave and lost theirs. >> over 80 lives, tragedy that will be forgotten. signs of healing and recovery abound. good evening to you. today several ceremonies were held to commemorate the anniversary. at 1108 people gathered in the town of paradise pausing pretty five seconds to remember 85 lives lost the camp fire is the most deadly fire in state history. the victims rage in ainge from 39 to 99. these are pictures of them and their stories. to this day all but one of the victims has been identified. many have physical disabilities and couldn't escape the fire while many others refused to leave. still