It's been almost a month since the Camp Fire devastated the town of Paradise and surrounding area. The blaze killed at least 85 people and forced nearly 50,000 residents to evacuate. Some have been
able to return and survey the damage for the first time only this week.
Earlier this week, we had the chance to ride in a helicopter and survey the burn area, a landscape of ravaged neighborhoods and fleets of service trucks. One month later, the fire's devastation is still on prominent display.
A residential neighborhood in Paradise about one month after the Camp Fire started.. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
What remains of the Apple Tree Village Mobile Home Park in Paradise. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
The Feather River Health Center (lower right) stands next to the the remnants of the Village Square residential neighborhood on the southern end of Paradise. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
Outside of Paradise, the fire's path of destruction stops just short of a home that appears to have been spared. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
A cul-de-sac on Chris Court on the north end of Paradise shows the seeming randomness of the fire's destruction. To the left is the Ridgewood Mobile Home Park. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
A home outside Paradise that was left standing. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
Transmission lines snake through the Feather River Canyon a few miles southwest of the fire's point of origin. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
South of town, the Paradise airport is bustling with activity, as support vehicles continue recovery efforts. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
Burned-out marijuana growing operations, a common sight in areas surrounding Paradise. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
Charred earth on the west side of Paradise, evidence of the fire's intense heat. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
A Kmart shopping center on Clark Road in Paradise, now being used as a PG&E staging area. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
Pentz Road in Paradise. Ponderosa Elementary School can be seen at the top left. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)
A hillside west of the town of Paradise illustrates the fire's intense heat and path. (Adam Grossberg/KQED)