My home from above, left at the end of the driveway, on Scottwood and Buschmann. The structure at the top, a shop, was built last year. It was the only structure on that corner to survive. On the other hand, the 200 foot redwood outside my back door seems to have sailed through too.
CONCOW, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 6: Concow Ridge is charred and denuded of plant life, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, above the community of Concow, Calif., one month after the deadly Camp Fire roared over the hill from Pulga killing 85 people. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Helicopters carrying important people have been hovering over Paradise. I hear them leave from the Chico Airport and chutter overhead here by the old train tracks. “Important” people these days get free helicopter trips to important places; to Paradises and to Hells. Some important people even have their own personal, paid-for-by-others, helicopters. VERY important people have fleets of helicopters. Importance above VERY rates military helicopters with very different sounds overhead.
I’m not sure who the important people in the free Paradise helicopter rides were but at least one was prescient enough to bring a photographer along. Here’s what Paradise looks like from the air these days.
PARADISE, CA – NOVEMBER 15: Aerial footage shows homes destroyed by the Camp Fire near the Paradise Plaza off Clark Road in Paradise, California, on Thursday, November 15, 2018. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)
PARADISE, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 6: Apple Tree Village shows the fickle nature of the Camp Fire’s destructive path in this Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 aerial photograph taken in Paradise, Calif. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
PARADISE, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 6: The parking lot of a destroyed Grocery Outlet in Paradise, Callf, serves as staging ground for a fleet of Badger remediation trucks working to clean up the Camp Fire destruction, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
PARADISE, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 6: The Adventist Health-Feather River Hospital remains closed, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Paradise, Calif., one month after the deadly Camp Fire raged. Most of the campus did survive, though some outbuildings were destroyed. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
CHICO, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 6: A large home consumed by the Camp Fire sits in ashes on Rimrock Drive in Chico, Callf., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)