California wildfire survivors on unexpected costs of rebuilding their homes

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This home burned down in the Woolsey Fire. The lot is for sale, but few people have shown interest in buying it. Photo by Caleigh Wells.

It has become a seasonal tradition in California: Homes burn down, then we hear stories of resilient fire victims promising they’ll rebuild and recover. But many people who lost their homes to wildfires years ago still haven’t rebuilt, or have chosen not to, after discovering how difficult and long the process can be.