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AP PHOTOS: Crosses outside Paradise drive home devastation

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, a mural by artist Shane Grammer adorns the chimney of a residence leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Grammer sa...
In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Carol Beall, right, hugs friends as they comb through the remains of her residence, destroyed by the Camp Fire, in Paradi...
In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, a cross for Victoria Taft, right, stands at a memorial for Camp Fire victims in Paradise, Calif. In the 100 days since a ...
In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Tabatha Miller visits a memorial for Camp Fire victims in Paradise, Calif. Miller is helping rescue and re-settle animals...
In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Carol Mendes-Klint pauses while helping a friend comb through the remains of her residence, destroyed by the Camp Fire, i...
A mural by artist Shane Grammer adorns the wall of a building leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. Grammer says he p...
In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, crosses memorializing Camp Fire victims line a ridge in Paradise, Calif. The blaze killed at least 85 people according to...
In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, an excavator loads debris onto a truck while clearing a property burned by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. In the 100 d...
In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Joanie Ellison cries while visiting a memorial for Camp Fire victims in Paradise, Calif. Ellison, currently staying on he...
In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Bud Daneau hugs Carol Beall while helping her comb through her residence, destroyed by the Camp Fire, at the Ridgewood Mo...

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, a mural by artist Shane Grammer adorns the chimney of a residence leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Grammer sa...

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Carol Beall, right, hugs friends as they comb through the remains of her residence, destroyed by the Camp Fire, in Paradi...

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, a cross for Victoria Taft, right, stands at a memorial for Camp Fire victims in Paradise, Calif. In the 100 days since a ...

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Tabatha Miller visits a memorial for Camp Fire victims in Paradise, Calif. Miller is helping rescue and re-settle animals...

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Carol Mendes-Klint pauses while helping a friend comb through the remains of her residence, destroyed by the Camp Fire, i...

A mural by artist Shane Grammer adorns the wall of a building leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. Grammer says he p...

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, crosses memorializing Camp Fire victims line a ridge in Paradise, Calif. The blaze killed at least 85 people according to...

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, an excavator loads debris onto a truck while clearing a property burned by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. In the 100 d...

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Joanie Ellison cries while visiting a memorial for Camp Fire victims in Paradise, Calif. Ellison, currently staying on he...

In this Feb. 8, 2019, photo, Bud Daneau hugs Carol Beall while helping her comb through her residence, destroyed by the Camp Fire, at the Ridgewood Mo...

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — It's been 100 days since a wildfire nearly burned the town of Paradise off the map, and grief among survivors is still raw.

Joanie Ellison says she finally got the courage to stop and pray at the crosses that stand in memory of the 85 people who perished in the Camp Fire.

Ellison, who lost her home in the fires, says she was overwhelmed with emotion at the site.

The Nov. 8 Northern California blaze destroyed nearly 15,000 homes in the city of 27,000 residents.

The long road to recovery is continuing, but much of Paradise feels like a ghost town where survivors still dig for keepsakes in the foundations of their homes.

Work crews have been cutting down trees and clearing debris from burned-out lots.


Updated : 2021-03-01 22:27 GMT+08:00