The Fire Within

Much of California’s history is defined by two seemingly disconnected realities – immigration and wildfires. Migrants and fire may never have crossed paths quite like they did in the Harris Ranch blaze of 2007.

The conflagration burned away chaparral and revealed a network of footpaths that stitch tight Mexico and the United States. The dozens of men and woman caught in the disaster depended on that brutally simple network for economic salvation.

This is the story of five mortals, consumed by a Southern California wildfire and Mexico’s relentless expulsion of its citizens.

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