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In US town of Paradise, residents defy recurring wildfires to rebuild their homes

Many Paradise residents have had to rebuild their homes after devastating wildfires
Many Paradise residents have had to rebuild their homes after devastating wildfires © FRANCE 24 screengrab
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More than 4,000 homes and other structures have been incinerated in California alone over the past three weeks, but in the small mountain town of Paradise, many residents have chosen to defy the recurring wildfires, rebuilding the place they call home. FRANCE 24’s Alyssa Caverly reports.

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“We’ve been in Paradise our entire lives. It’s home, that’s why we’re rebuilding here,” a resident explains as he shows FRANCE 24 around his new home after his former one burned down to the ground in one of the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history in 2018.

“I love this town, I love its people — especially after everything that happened. It just makes me feel that much closer to everybody. I’m not going to live in fear, I’m going to live my life.”

But it’s not just an emotional attachment to the town that is keeping the population of 4,000 in Paradise, it is also financial. House prices in Paradise cost just one-sixth of those in San Fransisco.

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