In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, photo, Laura and Chris Smith display their Paradise tattoos they had done to show support for their former community ...
In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, photo, Laura and Chris Smith display their Paradise tattoos they had done to show support for their former community during a visit to Paradise, Calif. The Smiths are now living in a small apartment in Chico where they say neighbors complain if they shut the door too hard. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, photo, Amber Blood looks at a figurine she found in the ashes of her home lost in last year's Camp Fire in Paradise, Ca...
In this Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, photo, Amber Blood looks at a figurine she found in the ashes of her home lost in last year's Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Blood is one of the estimated 20,000 former Paradise residents now living in Chico after the fire. A real estate agent, Blood said she even had trouble finding a home after the fire because there was not much available. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California town mostly destroyed by a wildfire is commemorating the one-year anniversary of the blaze with 85 seconds of silence to honor the victims who were killed.
A wildfire on Nov. 8, 2018, destroyed roughly 19,000 buildings and killed 85 people in and around the town of Paradise. Friday, local officials are asking everyone to pause at 11:08 a.m. for 85 seconds to remember those who died.
The nearly minute-and-a-half of silence is one of several events planned for Friday. Other events include a community meal, a remembrance service at a local church and the unveiling of a statute of a phoenix sculpted from the keys of burned-down homes of Paradise residents.
Paradise Mayor Jody Jones said the community is hopeful for the future.