OROVILLE, Calif. (KTVU) - In the serene setting of Bidwell Canyon State Park in Oroville, Camp Fire victim Maureen Curtis has found temporary housing in this mobile home community...at last.
"I've moved 14 times since the fire. Finally i have a place I can stay," she said.
Curtis escaped the camp fire with just her two little dogs. Everything else is gone. But she now lives in one of 70 travel trailers inside a community established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA. People can live there for a year rent free, work with a case manager and figure out the next move. She says she'd like to buy a mobile home and return to Paradise.
"I don't know. It depends on the building codes. I'm still walking on eggs about that," said Curtis.
A few doors down her neighbor showed us the melted metal from the motor home he lived in in Magalia.
"Surviving the fire was the easy part. Trying to recover from it is killing me," said Gerald Galvin.
He's not sure what to do next, or if he wants to return.
"Something is pulling at me saying I should be up there rebuilding. I'm not sure. I'm still undecided," he said.
FEMA has set up mobile home communities in 18 state parks. That's enough to cover some 300 households. But FEMA says finding housing for fire victims is still a challenge.
"Placing individuals in housing that was safe secure and going to meet their fundamental needs initially was always a challenge. And continuing to be a challenge to this day," said FEMA spokeswoman Rebecca Kelly.
FEMA says 90 percent of the fire victims have places to stay.
The other 10 percent who were renters, who lost everything along with documentation has made it a challenge for those individuals. 30 miles north in Paradise some have gotten permits and have started rebuilding.
"It feels good. When we got the call we're going to give you the permit, it felt like it was time to move on," said Jason Buzzard.
Buzzard is currently renting in Chico with his wife and 11-year-old daughter. He hopes to move back home a year from now.
"Paradise will be fine. I'm not worried. At all. And hopefully, it will be better," Buzzard said.
"If it doesn't work out there I will move to the Ozarks where my sister moved after the fire," Curtis said from the trailer park.
Six months later, the Camp Fire is still turning lives upside down. The futures of many remain In doubt.