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After the fire: Murals of hope in Paradise

Last November, the Camp Fire in California killed 86 people — the deadliest wildfire in the state's history. Three months later, the devastated town of Paradise is severely scarred but trying to move on.

Last year, the deadliest wildfire season in Californian history ripped through almost 2 million acres of woodland in the northern part of the state. The deadliest fire was the Camp Fire in November, which killed 86 people and left three more still missing.

The town of Paradise, in the Sierra Nevada foothills above the northeastern Sacramento Valley, was utterly devastated by the fire. At least 38 people from the town died, while many thousands of people were displaced. The charred remains of the town have now become the site for a haunting set of murals, which reflect the tragedy and trauma of the horrific event. They have also brought solace to survivors.