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Newsom Declares Camp Fire Anniversary “California Resilience Day”

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Gavin Newsom has proclaimed the anniversary of the Camp Fire to be “California Resilience Day.” The wildfire a year ago today was the most deadly and destructive in California history, killing 85 people and largely destroying the town of Paradise. Newsom says in his declaration that it’s a day for California residents to mourn what was lost and rededicate themselves to preparedness, response and recovery. He says the losses left a hole “that can never be filled.” But he says it’s also a time to celebrate the “pioneer spirt” of Paradise residents, their bravery and resilience. Meanwhile, hundreds of people packed the parking lot of a former bank building to remember those who died in the Camp Fire. At 11:08 a.m., everyone paused for 85 seconds to remember the dead. Paradise Town Councilman Michael Zuccolillo urged the crowd to have hope, noting the sounds of rebuilding have replaced the sounds of debris removal. The fire destroyed roughly 19,000 structures. But in the year since, most of the debris has been removed and some rebuilding has begun.