Yesterday, my latest article came out, digging into the ongoing recovery efforts in Paradise, California coming up on three years since it was devastated by the Camp Fire. I hope you'll give it a read, as I think it offers an important picture of the incredible collaborations and tensions that exist between locals, various agencies, and government professionals working towards this common goal of creating a fire-adapted community.
As you've surely noticed in my newsletter, I've been reporting on Paradise for years, and I thought it could be interesting to share some of the photos I've snapped along the way to offer another perspective on how the town has changed. Scrolling through, you can see the early signs of encouragement, the town slowly repopulating, and the increasing amount of construction.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on more multimedia pieces like this for future Patreon posts or newsletters. Thanks as always for your support, and as a particularly appropriate something for reading to the end, I'm going to pass on this incredibly catchy fire preparedness rap parody (yes, really) that I came across researching this article and have not been able to get out of my head.
The Magalia Community Church's food pantry, as written about in this newsletter
A phoenix sculpture made by a fire survivor using the keys from burned-down homes. It was put on display in the town's new Building Resiliency Center.
And for more from this year, check out my article!