01 September 2021

Lizzie Johnson on how Paradise portends a future written in flames

Lizzie Johnson, a former San Francisco Chronicle reporter, covered fifteen of California’s deadliest fires. However, none reached the level of death and destruction that she witnessed in Paradise on Nov. 8, 2018. Within two hours of the fire’s ignition, the town was engulfed in flames and hundreds were trapped in homes and cars. In her reporting, and in her new book “Paradise: One Town’s Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire,” Johnson shares the minute-by-minute events and aftermath of the fire.

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