Churches cope with wildfires

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A satellite image shows smoke pouring from a wildfire that broke out in the early morning hours of Nov. 8, just outside Paradise, Ca. The Camp Fire, named for its proximity to Camp Creek Road in Feather River Canyon, has overtaken and nearly burned out the town of 30,000 residents located in northern California. NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
By Jim Patterson and Sam Hodges
Nov. 12, 2018 | UMNS

Members of Paradise United Methodist Church were still unsure about the state of their homes or their church as firefighters continued to battle widespread California wildfires. 

In addition to the fire that devastated Paradise, a wildfire raging near Los Angeles clobbered the congregation of Malibu United Methodist Church, destroying some members’ homes.

The Paradise church building was rumored to have survived, but the pastor of a nearby church in Willows said there was a lot of uncertainty.

“About 80 percent of Paradise is burnt up, and those that survive will be in the middle of a desolate wasteland,” said the Rev. Dave Rieck, pastor of nearby First United Methodist Church of Willows, on Nov. 12.

Rieck doesn’t know if his home in Paradise was still standing.

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