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Paradise High Football Returns to Field after Devastating Camp Fire


In November of 2018, the deadliest wildfire in the history of the state of California — known as the Camp Fire — destroyed the town of Paradise, CA. Residents lost their homes, possessions, and lives, while many survivors chose to leave the area in search of a new beginning.

On Friday, August 23rd, a new beginning for the community was seen on the football field at Paradise High.

The team returned for their very first game since the Camp Fire ravaged Paradise. The wildfire put their last season on hold midway through, as “Nearly all of the Paradise football players and coaches were displaced… only nine of the program’s 104 total players had a home to go to,” according to the Sacramento Bee. Many of the players were in the group of Paradise residents that left town, leaving their roster without close to half of their varsity team. They had also lost all of their facilities and equipment in the fires.

Approximately 5,000 people attended the game at Paradise High’s Om Wraith Field, which was built to seat closer to 2,500 fans. The crowd consisted of school graduates, residents, friends, and family members, all who were impacted by the Camp Fire which “scorched more than 150,000 acres, wiped out 8,000 structures, and claimed 86 lives,” and resulted in a Paradise population decrease of 27,000 to 2,000.

The effects of the fire penetrated nearly every corner of the Northern California community. At the Law Offices of Larry S. Buckley, some of our own clients and employees lost their homes. We understand the havoc this tragedy caused, and are working to help all victims recover. We are actively seeking cases related to the Camp Fire and are prepared to represent you.

To schedule a free consultation with our attorneys, and discover your options in the wake of the Camp Fire in Paradise and throughout the Northern California region, call (530) 413-0245 or use our contact form. We are available to speak 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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