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Fire in Paradise (film)

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Fire in Paradise is a 2019 Netflix original documentary.

10 out of 10 stars for a wonderful and horrifying documentary.

The images in this documentary are horrific and terrifying.  They are real. On November 8, 2018 a wildfire started in the northern California town of Concow and quickly spread to nearby Paradise.  9-1-1 operators were still getting phone calls from residents of Concow when residents of Paradise started calling in about fires in their backyards.  And the 9-1-1 operators didn’t believe them.  That was heart-breaking as the time wasted in warning people cost 85 lives.

At one hour, about half of this documentary is interviews with the emergency responders and survivors and the other half is raw footage of the blaze.  What was particularly horrifying to watch were the interviews with two school teachers who were on a bus with about 30 five and six year old children (no parents) and a family who was caught on the road when the two fires converged.

The images you see are real.  The wildfire went on for three weeks and is the deadliest wildfire in California.  In the town of Paradise, there are entire sections of town where the homes are burned to the ground and nothing remains but ash and pipes.

10 out of 10 stars.  An hour worth watching.


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