Shocking before and after aerial photos show how a Paradise shopping center was reduced to ashes
About 10,000 homes and local business were completely burned in Paradise, home to 27,000
Authorities announced 63 people have died from the Camp and Woolsey fires, all from or around Paradise
An additional 631 residents are missing as locals return to Paradise to search for them in the wreckage
The town was completely incinerated following the Camp Fire that erupted on November 8 in Sierra foothills
The blaze burned through 140,000 acres and is currently 40 per cent contained
Some residents reveal they knew the town was doomed and would be destroyed by a fire eventually
By MARLENE LENTHANG
16 November 2018
Heartbreaking before and after aerial images reveal the scorched and charred remains of once-lively Paradise neighborhoods, after about 10,000 homes and business went up in smoke.
Little is left of the beloved town of 27,000 that was incinerated in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California history, killing 63 and leaving 631 reported missing.
Drone photos of a shopping center in Paradise, that was once the heart of the town, reveal the extent of the devastating damage of the Camp Fire. The blaze erupted on November 8 in the parched Sierra foothills, about 175 miles north of San Francisco.
Shops that were once filled with locals were burned to the ground and all that remains are the building’s concrete walls and metal frame skeletons.
The small town was a vision of fiery hell as the inferno swept through Paradise – a far cry from the Eden-like garden it was when it was first founded in the 1850s by a lumber mill crew.