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Forced from Paradise: Leaving home after one of America’s deadliest wildfires

Holly Ratliff is one of about 50,000 people who fled their homes when the Camp Fire swept through the Sierra Nevada foothills last November. Thousands have scattered across the country — some to communities in California like Lake Almanor and others as far away as Florida and Hawaii. Americans rarely think about internally displaced populations. But the single mother of three is part of a growing population of Americans, uprooted from their communities by natural disasters and forced to reestablish themselves in new settings. Ratliff fought to stay in the town she grew up in surrounded by her family– even if it meant that on some nights she did not know where she would sleep.

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