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How a town destroyed by fire is trying to make itself fireproof

Can a town like Paradise, California, ever be truly safe in the era of climate change?
by James Temple

The Camp Fire that ripped through the Sierra Nevada foothills last fall was the most destructive in California’s history, consuming nearly 19,000 structures and killing 85 people.

Around 90% of the homes in Paradise, California, were destroyed. Only an estimated 3,000 people live there today, down from 26,000 before the fire.

Now the long process of recovery has begun.


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