Book cover of Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnsonby Lizzie Johnson

The definitive firsthand account of California’s Camp Fire, the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century, Paradise is a riveting examination of what went wrong and how to avert future tragedies as the climate crisis unfolds

“A tour de force story of wildfire and a terrifying look at what lies ahead.”—San Francisco Chronicle

On November 8, 2018, the people of Paradise, California, awoke to a mottled gray sky and gusty winds. Soon the Camp Fire was upon them, gobbling an acre a second. Less than two hours after the fire ignited, the town was engulfed in flames, the residents trapped in their homes and cars. By the next morning, eighty-five people were dead.

Interview with the Author

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Lizzie Johnson, “Paradise”
10/10/21        58 min

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Lizzie Johnson on California’s Deadly Camp Fire
8/10/21         28 min

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Watching Paradise Burn to the Ground with Lizzie Johnson
8/18/21         65 min

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Paradise: Inside California’s Deadliest Wildfire
8/30/21         62 min

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