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Mary Galea of Rathdrum turns 90 today. She fled for her life from flames in Paradise, Calif. when the town burned in 2018. She feels grateful for every day and loves living in North Idaho.

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Gratitude and grit: 90-year-old recalls fleeing California wildfire
January 28, 2023 1:06 a.m.

Gratitude and grit: 90-year-old recalls fleeing California wildfire

Today is Mary Galea's 90th birthday, and she is more grateful than usual to have lived another year. Galea was 87 and living in Paradise, California in 2018 when a vicious wildfire, deemed the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history nearly destroyed Paradise.