Paradise, California (CNN)Every man-made thing that burned, burned all the way. That is the powerful first impression driving into Paradise after America’s deadliest wildfire in 100 years. There are a few scorched-but-recognizable husks of gas stations or curio shops but most of the 14,000 homes that caught an ember burned with such blowtorch intensity, only railings and the fireplace remain. Windows and car parts melted, hardening into bizarre puddles of glass and aluminum along a main drag where entire blocks of stores are gone. A statue stands amid the ruins of a home destroyed by the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. The utter devastation leads to the second impression: This could have been so much worse. Read More More than 40,000 people reside in the Camp Fire’s path. Many rushed to evacuate on gridlocked roads or were forced to shelter in place amid blowing flame and choking smoke. The official toll of 85 dead and now three still missing makes this the deadliest fire in California history but those numbers would be so much higher if not for the countless heroes, in and out of uniform. And while the Camp Fire may be studied for lessons in disaster management and… Read full this story
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