The Camp Fire started on Nov. 8 near Pulga, a small community surrounded by the Plumas National Forest. High winds and dry conditions sent the flames raging through Paradise, a city of 27,000 nearly 90 miles north of Sacramento.
Now, the city is in ruins, leaving most residents who survived without homes and businesses, a community that has all but disappeared.
One fire official said it resembled “Armageddon."
A resident said the devastation “looked like Iraq.”
“Ninety-five percent of the town is gone,” Paradise council member Michael Zuccolillo told the San Francisco Chronicle. “The remaining 5 percent of buildings are barely standing. I felt like I was living in a bad dream. It was unrecognizable. I had to keep asking, ‘Where are we?’ All the landmarks are gone. Block by block, nothing. Anybody who had a house in Paradise probably doesn’t anymore.”