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These ashes have a story to tell: Assessment teams examine Camp fire's devastation

The survivors of the Camp fire aren't the only ones with a story to tell about the fire that destroyed Paradise.

Buried among the charred ponderosa pines and scorched rubble are clues to what transpired when a small fire broke out nearby on the morning of Nov. 8 and swallowed the Northern California town of nearly 27,000 residents in a matter of hours.

While thousands of firefighters continue to battle the Butte County blaze, and as hundreds of personnel search for human remains, it's up to a few dozen California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection investigators to read what the forest - and the rubble of buildings - has to tell them about the Camp fire's destruction.

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