‘When will this end?’ Months after Camp Fire, living in Paradise still feels like ‘everybody’s in crisis’
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‘When will this end?’ Months after Camp Fire, living in Paradise still feels like ‘everybody’s in crisis’

Click here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device. PARADISE — Inside Mary and Ravi Saip’s two-story home, French doors lead to a landscape and a life forever changed by the Camp Fire. Eight months after California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire tore through their town of Paradise, the Saips are back home in one of the few houses still standing on their street, surrounded by “lumps and clumps of rusted brown.” “It looks like it’s the bottom of the ocean,” Ravi Saip, 57, said of the place they have called home for almost five years. The couple is among about 3,000 people living again in this Sierra Nevada foothills town that will forever be known for the historic firestorm that killed 85 people and destroyed more than 14,000 homes. They’ve inherited the daily challenge of getting back to normal while getting stuck in construction traffic or getting lost without the familiar landmarks. Friends are traumatized by every windy day, and conversations always turn to insurance or why the tap water still isn’t safe to drink. With all the toxic debris removal in town, Mary’s doctor told her nobody should be living in Paradise. […]

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