One-on-one with author of 'Paradise,' new book chronicling CA's deadliest wildfire

ByLiz Kreutz and Rachel Davis via KGO logo
Saturday, August 28, 2021
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Journalist Lizzie Johnson discusses the aftermath of the catastrophic Paradise fire in a new book.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California is in the midst of another catastrophic fire season. But after the fires are out, what happens to the communities impacted by the devastation?

As a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, Lizzie Johnson was there in 2018 as the Camp Fire wiped the town of Paradise off the map. Johnson, now a reporter at the Washington Post, stayed in Paradise long after the catastrophic event to talk to hundreds of people who lost everything.

Johnson wrote about the experience in her book, "Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire."

RELATED: Terrifying video shows family's escape from Camp Fire in Paradise

ABC7 News anchor Liz Kreutz spoke with Johnson about what she learned as she documented the disaster.

Watch the video media player above to see the entire interview

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