One year ago, on Nov. 8, 2018, the Camp Fire ignited when a faulty electric transmission line sparked a blaze just outside Paradise, California.

Within hours, strong winds quickly drove the exploding wildfire into the Sierra foothills town, causing a chaotic mass evacuation of its residents escaping the blinding smoke and intense heat from the flames.

Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan was one of the first photojournalists on the scene covering the disaster. For the next few weeks, he documented the wildfire, destruction, and ensuing recovery efforts.

By the time the fire was fully contained on Nov. 25, much of the town had been leveled. Over 150,000 acres were charred. The Camp Fire ended up being the deadliest fire in the past 100 years in the United States. It is also the sixth-deadliest wildfire ever in the country.

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As the first anniversary of the fire approached, Sullivan returned to Paradise and took photographs at many of the same locations from the previous year. Recovery has been slow: Many homes and businesses were razed to the ground and not yet rebuilt. "These before and after images show what has changed over the past year since the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in CA history destroyed over 18,000 structures and killed 85 people," he wrote on his Instagram page.

Click through the images above in the slideshow to see Justin Sullivan's before and after images

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Online Photo Editor Douglas Zimmerman oversees SFGATE's Instagram and covers the Bay Area soccer scene on SFGATE's Beautiful Blog. View his latest stories and send him news tips at [email protected].  Follow on Twitter @zimpix