Tricia Etchison has been through plenty of fire seasons, but she knew the Camp Fire might be different when it started raining ash on her car.
“I noticed flakes of ashes, leaf sized flakes. Small cinders or small, like, briquettes,” she said.
Etchison is a 5th grade teacher at Achieve Charter School in Paradise. As the fire spread, teachers like Etchison piled students into cars. Etchison shared a ride with an administrator, her granddaughter and several students. Another one of her grandkids, Gracie, is a sixth-grader at the school and evacuated with seven or eight of her classmates.