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Fire in Paradise

An American Tragedy

by Alastair Gee , Dani Anguiano

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Fire in Paradise by Alastair Gee , Dani Anguiano
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    May 2020, 256 pages

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A propulsive account of the 2018 Camp Fire that leveled Paradise, California, told by journalists that witnessed the disaster firsthand.

On November 8, 2018, a fire started in Northern California's Butte County after 50-70 mph winds snapped a PG&E cable, sending sparks into the underbrush below. In the earlier morning hours, the fire spread through the small town of Concow and into neighboring Paradise, which had a population of about 27,000 at the time. Journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano, who were working in the Guardian's Bay Area office, conducted extensive interviews during the fire and in the aftermath. The accounts they collected from residents make up the play-by-play narrative that unfolds like a disaster movie in Fire in Paradise. Even though they establish in the prologue that the Camp Fire became the deadliest blaze in recorded California history, leaving "total devastation" in its wake, the book still inspires a breathless suspense, as the real people you come to know quite intimately very quickly ...

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