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Kirk Siegler

Last fall's deadly Camp Fire has brought renewed questions about whether towns in high-risk areas like Paradise, Calif., should even be rebuilt.

Barry Long recently tried to squash those questions immediately as he kicked off a crowded town hall meeting at Paradise Alliance Church.

"One of the first questions we get is, 'Are they really going to rebuild Paradise?' " Long said. "And we say that's not a question. [The Town] Council made an immediate decision [that] we're going to rebuild Paradise."

Lessons from Paradise: Kirk Siegler, Correspondent on NPR’s National Desk

Kirk Siegler will be in conversation with Aspen Public Radio’s Executive Director Tammy Terwelp, Friday, March 29, 6:30 PM, at The Temporary in Basalt.