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Fires are unpredictable. They can spark anywhere, grow to any size and move in any direction, says Caroline Mimbs Nyce of The Atlantic.
"You can't just think of these people as refugees. In a lot of cases, you've got to think of them as returning war veterans."
"This is going to be more difficult than the evacuation of Saigon," said Matt Zeller, co-founder of a nonprofit helping with the evacuation effort.
Officials had to find alternatives to big, crowded evacuation centers.
More than 400,000 people without cars are in the path of Hurricane Florence, many of them low-income.
A couple who lost almost everything in the Colorado wildfire talks about how they prepared for a natural disaster and how they keep a positive attitude.
The wildfires raging in Colorado have many thinking the same questions: What would you take if you had to evacuate your home in an emergency? Here's what Marketplace listeners say.