As we’re approaching the one-year anniversary of the deadly Camp Fire, Netflix has already released a documentary about it called Fire in Paradise. The horrific fire left 85 people dead and destroyed a town. Here’s a look at the damage that was immediately left behind, and just how large the fire was.
The Town Was Nearly Destroyed by the Fire
On November 16, nearly a week after the fire had started, it had grown to 140,000 acres and was still only 40 percent contained. It was the most destructive wildfire in California history.
This map from Cal Fire shows the areas that were evacuated from the Camp Fire and later repopulated.
This next map shows the structure status in 2018 from the fire. Provided by Cal Fire, this map shows in red which structures were more than 50 percent destroyed.
Ultimately, the town of Paradise lost 90 percent of its population a year later, USA Today reported. In addition to the 85 people who died, more than 153,000 acres total were burned and 14,000 residences were destroyed.
These photos show how devastating the effects of the fire were.
This before and after photo shows a McDonald’s in Paradise:
Abandoned and burned cars show how people left in a panic.
In this video, you can see the terrifying drive one family endured as they left Paradise:
Here, you can see an unnamed business burning in Paradise:
Here is a look at some of the businesses that were destroyed:
First, an unidentified store burns in Paradise, California. If you can identify this business, let us know in the comments below.
A Jack in the Box burned in Paradise, California.
The Paradise Inn was destroyed. A Safeway store nearby was also destroyed.
Here you can see the Paradise Skilled Nursing Center on fire.
A KFC restaurant is no longer recognizable:
An unnamed car dealership with a flag that reads “Hot Buys” was destroyed.
The Blackbear Diner was destroyed. Only the Welcome to Paradise sign remained.
The Feather River Hospital was destroyed:
Paradise Elementary School was consumed by flames:
An unidentified home is consumed by fire as the American flag waves next to it:
Many homes burned from the fire, leaving only statues behind:
Smoke from the fire was also extensive.
A radar loop shows the spreading Camp Fire and the possible lofting of vegetation and leaf debris:
Smoke could be seen more than 100 miles away.
It was cold and dark.
The fire began at 6:30 a.m. on November 8, 2018 near Camp Creek Road close to Pulga, Oroville MR reported. In a few hours, it had grown to 5,000 acres and 0 percent containment, according to CAL FIRE. Sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph weren’t helping. By 1 p.m. Pacific, the fire had grown to 8,000 acres. Eventually it would be larger than 150,000 acres.
The devastation and damage were heartbreaking. The destruction was extensive, covering the majority of the town.