Dozens died and nearly 10,000 homes were lost to the flames of wildfire but the town of 27,000 is steeling itself to rise from the ashes
The last time Jerry Garcia saw his home of nearly 20 years, flames almost 12ft tall were consuming it.
It happened fast – the wind-driven Camp fire moved across the Feather River Canyon in northern California with a speed even experienced firefighters like Garcia had rarely seen. Soon the entire town of Paradise would be enveloped by a firestorm “raining hell down”, the Butte county sheriff, Kory Honea, would later say. There would be no time to save the town; all efforts in the first eight hours of the fire, which was spreading at a rate greater than a football field a minute, would focus on rescuing people.