Harrowing escapes, heartbreaking loss in Northern California

  • Shiloh, a 2-year-old golden retriever, lies down with its face burned after a wildfire in Paradise, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Shiloh needs veterinarian treatment. But her owner, Cathy Fallon can’t leave her property because authorities won’t allow her to return back, because the entire town is still under an evacuation order. Fallon and Shiloh are spending nights in this horse trailer because the family home burned. (AP Photo/Paul Elias)

  • Cathy Fallon sits near her dog Shiloh, a 2-year-old golden retriever, whose face was burned in the fire in Paradise, Calif. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Shiloh needs veterinarian treatment. But she can’t leave her property because authorities won’t allow her to return to Paradise, since the entire town is still under an evacuation order. Fallon and Shiloh are spending nights in this horse trailer because the family home burned. (AP Photo/Paul Elias)

PARADISE, Calif. — In the days since a ferocious, wind-whipped wildfire began tearing through this Northern California town, residents who stayed behind to try to save their property or who managed to get back to their neighborhoods despite mandatory evacuation orders found cars incinerated and homes reduced to rubble. They have tales of harrowing escape and struggling to cope with loss.

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