They lived through California’s two worst fires — and now face a future of blackouts

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A windy day isn’t just a windy day anymore.

Not in Northern California, where strong gusts and tinder-dry land have fueled two of the deadliest fires in state history in the past two years.

“You just don’t look at wind the same way,” said Melissa Boutelle, whose home in Paradise burned in last year’s Camp Fire. “Now, wind says so much more.”

The winds carry words of warning — for Boutelle, who was forced from her community after living there 13 years, and also for the power company responsible for starting the blaze that tore through her town, California’s deadliest wildfire ever.

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