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Fire in Paradise : an American tragedy

by Gee, Alastair,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
The harrowing story of the most destructive American wildfire in a century.

There is no precedent in postwar American history for the destruction of the town of Paradise, California. On November 8, 2018, the community of 27,000 people was swallowed by the ferocious Camp Fire, which razed virtually every home and killed at least 85 people. The catastrophe seared the American imagination, taking the front page of every major national newspaper and top billing on the news networks. It displaced tens of thousands of people, yielding a refugee crisis that continues to unfold.

Fire in Paradise is a dramatic and moving narrative of the disaster based on hundreds of in-depth interviews with residents, firefighters and police, and scientific experts. Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano are California-based journalists who have reported on Paradise since the day the fire began. Together they reveal the heroics of the first responders, the miraculous escapes of those who got out of Paradise, and the horrors experienced by those who were trapped. Their accounts are intimate and unforgettable, including the local who left her home on foot as fire approached while her 82-year-old father stayed to battle it; the firefighter who drove into the heart of the inferno in his bulldozer; the police officer who switched on his body camera to record what he thought would be his final moments as the flames closed in; and the mother who, less than 12 hours after giving birth in the local hospital, thought she would die in the chaotic evacuation with her baby in her lap. Gee and Anguiano also explain the science of wildfires, write powerfully about the role of the power company PG&E in the blaze, and describe the poignant efforts to raise Paradise from the ruins.

This is the story of a town at the forefront of a devastating global shift--of a remarkable landscape sucked ever drier of moisture and becoming inhospitable even to trees, now dying in their tens of millions and turning to kindling. It is also the story of a lost community, one that epitomized a provincial, affordable kind of Californian existence that is increasingly unattainable. It is, finally, a story of a new kind of fire behavior that firefighters have never witnessed before and barely know how to handle. What happened in Paradise was unprecedented in America. Yet according to climate scientists and fire experts, it will surely happen again.

Contents
Paradise. A gold rush town ; Off the grid ; Firebrands
Hell. Daybreak ; Stay or go ; The cemetary ; The day after
Ashes and seeds. A city dispersed ; Search and recovery ; A pile of ashes ; The perfect fire.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The November 2018 Camp Fire devastated Paradise, California, killing at least 85 people and destroying 90-percent of the town nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Gee and Anguiano both live in San Francisco and covered the unfolding tragedy for the Guardian. Drawing heavily on the powerful interviews they conducted at the time and in the stunned aftermath, they have created a gripping account of the fire and how it affected the community. The narrative is bolstered by regional history, an awareness of the increasing prevalence of California wildfires, and the culpability of the giant power company, Pacific Gas and Electric, in the state's unfolding climate crisis. By providing readers with such an intimate chronicle of the fire and curating a nearly overwhelming cascade of stories from those at the center of the disaster, the authors do an important job of establishing a time line of the destruction. There will likely be many more books about the Paradise fire, especially investigations into PG & E's role, but Fire in Paradise is a powerful start."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Guardian journalists Gee and Anguiano deliver a tense and detailed account of the 2018 Camp Fire, which devastated the town of Paradise, Calif. The deadliest fire in California history began in the early morning hours of November 8, when high winds snapped a power line, shooting off sparks that ignited the underbrush. The fire rushed through the community of Concow and into Paradise, where it destroyed 6,000 acres by 10 a.m. and ultimately killed at least 85 people. Gee and Anguiano's interviews with residents feature stories of survival and disaster, including a family and their pets swimming to safety as their home burned behind them, the evacuation of a hospital, and an 82-year-old former volunteer firefighter's efforts to save local landmarks from the blaze. The authors also report on search-and-recovery missions, relief efforts, and lawsuits filed against utility company Pacific Gas & Electric by victims. Gee and Anguiano vividly describe the conflagration without sensationalizing it, and their blow-by-blow reconstruction is balanced by background information on the history of wildfires and the links between their proliferation and climate change. This impressive report makes a convincing case that such tragedies as the Camp Fire are not a freak occurrence, but a glimpse of the future. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Wildfires -- California -- Paradise.
Paradise (Calif.)
Publisher New York, NY :2020
Edition First Edition.
Contributors Anguiano, Dani, author.
Language English
Description 244 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographic references.
ISBN 9781324005148
1324005149
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