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Something Terrible and Wonderful: THE CAMP FIRE DOCUMENTARY | Beauty for Ashes

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. — Isaiah 61:1-3

More from me on the Camp Fire and Paradise in the coming months. For now, this is where I came from and am coming from. On that day, the only thing bigger than the fire were the heroes that appeared from everywhere in Paradise as the flames called forth the better angels of their souls.

Two months from that day, in this small apartment looking out on the cold rain with a small black cat sleeping on the sofa behind me, you’d think that the emotions of the day have receded into the rearview mirror of life, but watching this made me weep with loss of that day and rise with the hope of the following few weeks all over again.

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  • David Spence January 6, 2019, 9:42 AM

    Yes, the heroes appeared from everywhere. Two days before the fire, Bobby O’Reiley came in fourth place in an election race for three Oroville City Council seats. His FB page posts would put him squarely in the “deplorable” category. You know, the ones Hillary referred to as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, hateful, mean-spirited, irredeemable and not American.”

    During the race, his criminal history was exposed by the local paper-https://www.chicoer.com/2018/09/06/two-oroville-city-council-candidates-have-felonies/.

    I dare anyone watching this to question his selfless sacrifice, heroism and humanity. He IS the true American.

  • Hangtown Bob and Peg January 7, 2019, 8:29 AM

    An incredible documentary……We will be sharing this with many. So many heroes……

    While watching, there was not a dry eye in our home.

    Thank you.

  • DAN January 8, 2019, 3:30 PM

    just read an article said 16.5 billion losses & only 12 billion covered by insurance. worst single disaster in all of 2018. it was on whatfinger .com. odd after all these years one of the things i miss about paradise is the smell of ragweed & starthistle,& bay trees. & the sighing of the pines. pines up here in b.c.don’t make any sound in the wind. damn shame.

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