Paradise man traveled to Shingletown after Camp Fire
SHINGLETOWN, Calif —
Thousands of people had to relocate after the Camp Fire destroyed many homes and towns. Far away from home, Wayne Medley from Paradise is one of many who lost everything in the fire.
"Everything is gone and the chimneys that are standing remind me of grave headstones," Medley said.
He said he is now residing at the KOA campgrounds in Shingletown with his dog Gracie while his wife is taking care of her parents in Chico.
"A friend of mine who owns this KOA was gracious enough to allow me to spend time in a cabin 'till we move out," Medley said.
Staying on the campgrounds for a week, Medley said it has been hard not missing Paradise, his neighbors, and his home.
"Paradise is a wonderful place. I used to describe it as North Shore Tahoe without the tourist or the lake," said Medley. "It was heart-wrenching seeing friends houses were burning. It was heart-wrenching seeing all the businesses."
He returned to Paradise these past few days and said he will never forget it.
"I was up at my house just last Thursday and to see the cross painted on, an 'x' painted on the chimney which is the only thing standing from the people who were searching for victims, just made me cry. That was my house. And to see everything lost was just devastating," said Medley.
He and his wife will be moving to Oregon to have a place to call home. For now, he said going through the process of losing everything and starting over is extremely stressful but he said he is trying to think positive.
"We had a check for our contents they paid us quite nicely for the remnants of the house and we're on our way and like I said it's a new chapter," Medley said.