Aftermath Video Shows Wildfire Turned Paradise Into an Eerie, Apocalyptic Hellscape

California is battling chaotic wildfires all over the state today and the true toll it will take on residents has yet to be seen. In the northern town of Paradise, an eerie calm has settled over some areas as the burned out remains of civilization are surveyed.

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Paradise has been hit by the Camp Fire, one of two major wildfires turning thousands of people’s lives upside down. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the fire quadrupled in size overnight overtaking 70,000 acres and firefighters are still working to contain it. So far, five people have been confirmed dead. They were found in vehicles trying to escape the blaze.

Footage of the aftermath is trickling out online and you can see two devastating clips below. This is just the beginning.

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It’s easy to become desensitized to wildfires (as a northern Californian who lives within a few miles of the largest wildfire in California’s history, the Mendocino Complex Fire). But this Camp Fire in its first 36 hours has already become the most destructive in history, burning already 6400 homes and 260 commercial buildings, and killing 9 people. It feels like a way of life now, sadly, like living in tornado alley, where no one is safe.