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“Refugees In Their Own Country As Wildfire Destroys California Towns”

“NEVADA CITY, Calif. – Jeannie Weber could probably rebuild her ruined house in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. But as wildfires rage with increasing frequency, it doesn’t seem safe.

Her home in Berry Creek was gutted in September, not two years after a wildfire destroyed the home of her brother Aaron in the town of Paradise and he was forced to flee with his family.

The Weber siblings are among tens of thousands of displaced Californians – refugees in their own country now scattered from coast to coast.

“It scared me so much,” Jeannie Weber, a 43-year-old massage therapist, said. “I want a place where it doesn’t burn.””

Sharon Bernstein reports for Reuters October 2, 2020.