Dawn will come

Northwest  |  January 25, 2019
Photo by: Zhang Jinbao

The Camp fire rapidly spread through Northern California, and burned out of control. Everything was destroyed as smoke emerged from the fire burning in cars. The heavy smoke covered her eyes as flames engulfed trees toward her. The car’s interior was at a high temperature, which went through her body with gaps in between.

Photo by: Dilber Shatursun
Photo by: Liao Qiongyu

The Camp fire rapidly spread through Northern California, and burned out of control. Everything was destroyed as smoke emerged from the fire burning in cars. The heavy smoke covered her eyes as flames engulfed trees toward her. The car’s interior was at a high temperature, which went through her body with gaps in between.

She desired to see sky again. Over four hours had passed. She prayed to God for help for herself and her family, and gave them hope. She wanted to call for help to save her family and her pet, and to escape the hell of the Paradise town as there was bumper to bumper traffic, and she could not get through.

This disaster victim, Stephanie Pannell, came the Disaster Recovery Center at the Chico Mall to receive a cash card to help her and her family begin anew. She lives in what was once the Paradise town, and works in a hospital in the city of Chico.

She recalls how the fire began in the morning. Pannell quickly drove back to her home in Paradise and rescued her family while seeing smoke from her hospital in the rearview mirror. In the driveway, she feared she would be unable to escape from the darkness around the higher temperature fire. She prayed for God to rescue her and her family.

After four long hours waiting in the driveway, she realized that it is always darkest just before the dawn.

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