Finding Home after Paradise Burned

By Nick Buxton, The Davis Vanguard

Just before dawn this last Friday (November 8), Carol Dyer climbed into her car and headed two hours north to see what was left of a home she had left in a panic exactly a year earlier. “I want to see if the land has been cleared. If it has then I will see if I can dig out some sculptures my spouse made me. After that, I will leave my old house key behind some Ponderosa pines. I don’t plan to return so I guess it will be my last goodbye,” Carol says softly. Carol is a 30-year-old artist and former care-giver, living in Woodland. Up until November 8, 2018, she was a resident of Paradise, a small town in the Sierra foothills devastated by an unprecedented fire that swept through it, leaving 85 people dead, 18,000 buildings erased and an entire community displaced. It was the deadliest and most destructive...