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After a wildfire, rebuilding life can be hardest for the oldest

Dr. David Eisenman, professor-in-residence of community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters, was quoted in a New York Times article about the challenges faced by older people who lost their homes as a result of the Camp Fire.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

CHICO, Calif. — The deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history, the Camp Fire, was finally brought under control by firefighters on Sunday after raging for 17 days. But for many people left homeless by the fire, the most frightening part of the disaster is just beginning.

The hardest-hit community, Paradise, Calif., was a popular place to retire, with more than one-quarter of its residents 65 or older, according to census figures. Many of them have now lost everything late in life and must start over from zero, often with little support and with major health challenges.

Read more in The New York Times