17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Paradise, One Year Later

Last year, the town of Paradise was almost completely destroyed (about 18K structures destroyed) by the most deadly and devastating wildfire in California's history. Today, one year after the disaster, the water is contaminated with cancer-causing benzene, thousands of flame-damaged trees need to be removed, melted cars and numerous burned-out buildings are everywhere.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Paradise, California, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7RM2
Copyright: © Jassen Todorov