A mural is illuminated at dusk on Feb. 8, 2019, on the chimney of a home in Paradise, Calif., that was destroyed by the Camp Fire. Artist Shane Grammer says he painted murals throughout the fire-ravaged town to convey hope in the midst of destruction. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
I recently talked to Shane Grammer, an artist who grew up in nearby Chico and has worked on installations at Disneyland, Universal Studios and Legoland. Now based in Los Angeles, he said he started to see images of the destruction posted by people he knew.
“The fire didn’t really hit home for me until friends I grew up with started posting on Facebook,” he said. “It’s not devastation where in six months, everything’s going to be normal.”