Three weeks after the start of the Camp Fire in Butte County, the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in modern California history, thousands of residents from the town of Paradise and surrounding communities ravaged by the blaze are still living in shelters and tents or staying with friends and relatives.
Although the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been providing hotel vouchers to those displaced by the fire, many survivors are frustrated that few longer-term solutions have been provided.
Since he fled his home three weeks ago, Ulis Gordon has been staying in a tent in an empty lot next to a Walmart in nearby Chico. The lot has turned into a makeshift refugee encampment, where dozens of tents housing displaced survivors have sprung up since the fire.
The first word Gordon used to describe the experience?