Remembering a disastrous fire.
Oct 25, my brother John, who’s an avid explorer, sent a note with several photos, from the former Paradise. Here are his notes, followed by a few comments.
“…. California, that is
Two years after the big burn that pretty much wiped out this town of several thousand that was nestled in the pines in the foothills.
A local artist took advantage of a burned out big tree to craft this carved Phoenix rising – maybe someday it will. But not for now the hillside behind shows the devastation of the fire.
Previous downtown area is about 90% burned out shells or cleared concrete pads.
Some green and nice area survived but it’s going to be decades before anything gets back even close to normal.”
I wrote back to John:
“Your mention of Paradise brought back a memory from our AMTRAK trip [June, 2019].