"This is my family's first home as a FAMILY... our pictures, special moments... we have worked so hard to begin our lives together welcoming our new baby girl and now we have nothing again," Fatima Dias said.
Others recounted the horror of the wildfire's spread.
"As I drove I was trying to think of anyone close by that could take my daughter…" said Layla. "As we were driving I can't describe how frantic she was and screaming, 'mommy I don't wanna go back home.'"
"My community and its people are hardworking, resilient, kind, strong, and full of faith," said Kara. "And now more than ever I believe in the heart of this town and its ability to bounce back from this just as our beautiful park will."
Cowart has photographed everyone from Taylor Swift to the Kardashian family, but this project held a special significance.
“In times of tragedy, think as creative as you do for your real work, your assignments and commercial work," he advised other photographers. "If we can bring unique ideas in times of need, then we can expand the number of eyeballs on the project."