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Oscar-Winning Director Making Documentary About Northern California Town Destroyed by Wildfire

Jan 25, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A documentary is in the works about the Northern California town that was destroyed by a wildfire last November, with Oscar winner Ron Howard directing.

The project, which has the working title “Rebuilding Paradise,” focuses on efforts to rebuild the town of Paradise, Calif., where almost 15,000 homes were lost when the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history, tore through the town in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

The Camp Fire, named for its point of origin near Camp Creek Road, is considered the costliest natural disaster in the world last year, and is the deadliest U.S. wildfire in 100 years, causing at least 86 civilian fatalities, with three people reportedly still missing.

National Geographic Documentary Films announced the project Thursday, the AP reports.

“Howard said he has relatives in the area and was drawn to the universal human experience of the tragedy,” the AP reports. “The film will follow the residents of Paradise, first responders and volunteers helping to rebuild the town over the course of a year.”

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