The blaze struck so swiftly and mercilessly that it surprised many, including Ella’s family. As a result, they couldn’t reach the dog in time, and the fire spread around her. Ella stood her ground against the advancing flames. Surely her humans would be back sooner or later?
On November 8, 2018, California endured the most devastating wildfire in the history of the state. Witnesses first detected the Camp Fire, as people now refer to it, close to Butte County’s Camp Creek Road. It subsequently spread beyond the control of attending firefighters.
Despite first responders reaching the blaze within ten minutes of the initial report, weather conditions fed the brush fire. California’s dry climate that day, coupled with strong winds, created optimal conditions for the fire’s growth. For the state and its people, however, the results were disastrous.