PARADISE, Calif. - Fighting the fire with memories in mind of when Paradise was truly paradise, “I had family up here in the past and friends and everything is gone almost every home,” said Alameda County Fire Department Division Chief, Alan Evans.
Evans is part of a strike team in Paradise assigned to the Camp Fire.
“We started yesterday morning were working a 24 hour period we’re in the town of Paradise gridding out different streets,” he said.
The team’s job is to secure neighborhoods by checking trees, telephone poles and putting out hot spots on properties so when evacuations are lifted everyone going back is safe.
It’ll take time to get this fire completely under control and day by day firefighters push through the exhaustion.
For Evans, the Camp Fire’s destruction is like nothing he’s ever seen. “In my 35 years, I haven’t seen it as bad as this in one town where the whole town is devastated,” he said.