What Paradise learned from the Camp Fire

On the morning of November 8, 2018, the Camp Fire erupted 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of Sacramento, California. By evening, the fast-moving fire had charred around 18,000 acres and remained zero percent contained, according to news reports. Photo credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/CC 2.0, via Flickr

The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history. It left 86 dead, nearly 14,000 homes destroyed, and the town of Paradise in ruins. Could city leaders in Paradise have done anything differently to prevent what happened? A recent LA Times investigation found that Paradise ignored repeated warnings of the risk that its residents faced, and lacked an adequate evacuation plan.



  • Paige St. John - investigative reporter for The LA Times, and host of “Man in the Window” - @paigestjohn
  • Jim Broshears - the city of Paradise’s emergency management director during the Camp Fire