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Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy (English Edition) Kindle电子书
The harrowing story of the most destructive American wildfire in a century.
On November 8, 2018, the ferocious Camp Fire razed nearly every home in Paradise, California, and killed at least 85 people. Journalists Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano reported on Paradise from the day the fire began and conducted hundreds of in-depth interviews with residents, firefighters and police, and scientific experts. Fire in Paradise is their dramatic narrative of the disaster and an unforgettable story of an American town at the forefront of the climate emergency.
- ASIN : B07ZTTCV5B
- 出版社 : W. W. Norton & Company (2020年5月5日)
- 出版日期 : 2020年5月5日
- 语言 : 英语
- 文件大小 : 4884 KB
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- 纸书页数 : 250页
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So when I read this book I could relate to everything. The chaos, the clogged roads, the stories of survivors in the hills, and the intensity of it all. We have friends who had firefighting equipment on their property. Had they stayed and tried to fight the fire they would have died. I went with them when they were first allowed back. The ground was still smoking in places where tree roots were glowing. Pools of melted glass and aluminum were everywhere. It was obliterated.
It gave me a mild case of PTSD to read this, to tell the truth. I was highly involved in the relief and evacuation efforts in Sonoma County as we ran an evacuation shelter. Two days after the Paradise fire a group of us went to meet with Paradise survivors sheltering in Sacramento. We were there to offer support and advice. We all gathered in a room and I started to cry because I could see in all of them the familiar "Thousand Yard Stare" and I could smell the smoke on and in them. It's not a campfire smell but a burned chemical smell. It instantly made me emotional and brought me right back to our fires.
So, back to this book. It is accurate and the author does their best to describe the events of that night. But understand there is so much deep emotion and even horror that one cannot capture in words when confronted with a monster like this. We thought the Tubbs fire was a once-in-a-lifetime event. Then came the Paradise fire, and then the Kincade. And I'm not even mentioning the fires in Redding and Southern California. This is going to be the new normal, along with earthquakes, floods, landslides and drought.
I live part time in California about 70 miles from Paradise and know some of the people who have moved to Grass Valley & Nevada City temporarily. Our Alta Sierra Ranches property lost much of our back yard to a forest fire a couple of years prior and our house was saved only by the wind changing direction and taking two nearby houses instead.
We had four minutes to evacuate and no warning because the fire began about 200 yards down the road and the flames were fifteen feet high by the time they reached us. My son just looked out the window and discovered it. People who do not live in places like this can have no idea what wind can do with a spark and how fast it can do it.
As we fled, a plane was already spreading retardant and a fire truck came up our driveway two minutes later. It stayed there for about five days, putting out hot spots. I can not thank them enough.