At sunrise, the black smoke coming from the mountain community of Paradise as it burned to the ground 15 miles away looked like a roiling purple and pink cloud.
The fire was spreading with incredible speed in the forested town of 27,000, and people were fleeing for their lives, many still wearing their pajamas.
I rode the bike to the foot of the Skyway, the main highway into Paradise from Chico, about half a mile from the house. Cars were streaming down the hill bumper to bumper on both sides of the four-lane road, a vehicular caravan of desperate refugees.
Someone was a holding a sign that slapped evacuees in the face: “God Is In Charge.” Does God enjoy making people suffer and die? It isn’t just California