A Hitchhiker Lost Everything He Had To A Wildfire – But Then A Passing Driver Turned His Life Around

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In 2018 a terrifying natural disaster occurred in California. A wildfire, called the Camp Fire for the street it started on, began in Butte County and spread over the neighboring areas of Concow and Paradise. As the destruction escalated, countless people were made homeless. One such individual was Wayne Williamson. He lost everything he had, in fact. But in the aftermath of the fire, he happened to encounter a compassionate stranger.

The Camp Fire was the worst American wildfire in terms of fatalities since 1918. Many factors contributed to its creation, with low humidity and high winds among them. People first spotted the fire on Camp Creek Road on November 8, 2018, and the situation quickly turned into a major emergency.

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Unfortunately, the location of the fire made it even more problematic. Camp Creek Road was an unpaved mountain track. Fire officer Captain Matt McKenzie recognized that disaster was coming and radioed in for water tanks and firefighters. But even as nearby communities started to evacuate, the fire grew stronger.

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