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Northern California Camp Fire Contained But Fight Not Over for Survivors

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    A deadly wildfire in Northern California has been contained but for the people who survived the devastating blaze, the next step is surviving the day-to-day.

    Fred Kuhlmann woke up in a tent next to his cat. Cecelia Weeks woke up in her car alongside her dogs. 

    "She stayed in her car I slept in a tent," Khulmann told NBC 7's Rory Devine, who this week visited some of the people affected by the Camp Fire. 

    This is the reality for residents of what was once the community of Paradise, California. 

    The more than 153,000-acre wildfire, the nation's deadliest in a century, took more than people's property and lives as it burned for two weeks; victims of the Camp Fire lost their communities and neighborhoods.

    The Camp Fire killed at least 85 people and nearly 250 people are on the list of those unaccounted for. 

    This Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, NBC and Telemundo are partnering with the Red Cross to raise funds for the California Wildfire Relief Fund in support of victims of devastating wildfires across the state. Consider making a donation here

    "I'm not going back to paradise way too many bad memories now," Weeks said.

    For some, that community is now a tent city.

    "I've got an air mattress so I'm up off the cold," Jerry White said. He has been sleeping in a donated pop-up tent with a sleeping bag and a blanket but he said he will be OK. 

    Engagement Ring Found After Camp Fire Destroys Home

    [NATL] Glimmer of Hope: Engagement Ring Found After Camp Fire Destroys Home

    A Paradise, California man has found a glimmer of hope among the ashes of his parents' home that was recently destroyed in the Camp Fire.

    On Wednesday, Nick Maes combed through the burnt rubble searching for a safe. Inside: an engagement ring he planned to give to his girlfriend of two years.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 16, 2018)

    "I'm a trooper," he said. 

    Rubyjade Rogers, on the other hand, is not so certain. With a baby on the way, a one-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son, Rogers is "scared," she told NBC 7. 

    "I have no clue what's next," she said. Rogers told her son this was a fun camping trip but she said he knows the reality. 

    "He said 'That's because of the fire, huh,' he said, 'A lot of people lost their homes that day,'" Rogers said. 

    What she wants -- as do others devastated by the Camp Fire and others like it across the state -- is a place to call home again.

    "I tell my son, I tell my daughter all the time, a home is not a home until it's 'home sweet home.'"

    Team of San Diego Nurses Helping Camp Fire Victims

    [DGO] Team of San Diego Nurses Helping Camp Fire Victims

    NBC 7's Melissa Adan spoke to the president of Scripps Health about the team's mission.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018)

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