WildfireImpacts

Poster for film Fire in Paradise
Netflix

One year ago tomorrow, a downed PG&E power line sparked the Camp Fire, a catastrophic wildfire that swept through the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, CA, killing 85 people and destroying over 18,000 structures. Recent counts show that the town has lost 90 percent of its population since the fire. Many former residents have resettled in our listening area.

Netflix has released a new documentary, Fire in Paradise, that tells the gut-wrenching stories of the evacuation of Paradise as the fire bore down on the town, in the words of people who lived through it.

April Ehrlich | JPR News

Wildfire isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, fire has been an integral part of Native American culture for centuries as a tool to keep forests healthy.


April Ehrlich | JPR News

When a major wildfire burns into an urban area, federal disaster officials are quick to offer financial help to people who lose their homes. But not everyone is eligible for aid after a wildfire.

In fact, if you don’t have a home address, there’s a good chance you can’t even get into a shelter.


April Ehrlich | JPR News

Some people say they only had minutes to prepare before they had to flee their homes during the Carr Fire in Shasta County last year. Such short notice was extra challenging for seniors and people with disabilities.


April Ehrlich | JPR News

Abandoning your home while fleeing a wildfire can be a traumatic experience. It’s even scarier if you don’t understand the language of the evacuation alerts chiming into your phone.