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Rebuilding Paradise

Early in the morning of November 8, 2018, a spark flew into the parched brush of the Sierra Nevada foothills. By nightfall, it had turned into the most destructive wildfire in California’s history. A town called Paradise was burned to the ground. Eighty-five lives were lost. In the fire’s aftermath, Paradise refugees coped with shared trauma, displacement, and uncertainty about the future. Over the course of a year, through sheer grit and determination, they began to rebuild their lives and redefine the meaning of home.