Children return to school 3 weeks after California wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Monday marks a return to school and some semblance of routine for thousands of children who lost their homes to a deadly wildfire in Northern California.

Schools in Butte County have been closed since Nov. 8, when the Camp Fire ignited and quickly swept through the towns of Paradise, Concow and Magalia in what would become the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century.

Officials at the Paradise Unified School District aren’t sure how many of their students will show up at makeshift schools that will temporarily replace the eight sites lost to the flames.

But nearly all the teachers are returning to provide a familiar and comfortable face to the children who are able to make it to class.

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