Paradise Fire Cleanup Resumes after Weather Improves

Cleanup is expected to be costliest in state history


In this on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, residences leveled by the wildfire line a neighborhood in Paradise, Calif. Some 100 Northern California residents living in recreational vehicles and other temporary shelters were ordered to leave their burned out properties after federal authorities threatened to withhold paying for the massive cleanup effort caused by the state’s most destructive wildfire. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)


PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — State officials say debris removal on Northern California hills scarred by a deadly wildfire will resume next week after being suspended for 10 days because of wet, unstable slopes.

CalRecycle spokesman Lance Klug said Friday that at least 240 workers will restart work Monday in Paradise and nearby communities.

Crews had fully cleaned 213 properties as of March 8, when the work was suspend after a series of winter storms drenched the state, increasing the risk of mudslides in-fire scarred hills.

The area was devastated by a November wildfire that killed at least 85 people and destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings.

Some 11,000 properties in Paradise and the nearby communities of Magalia and Concow are scheduled for cleanup and debris removal.

At more than $2 billion, the cleanup is expected to be the costliest in state history.

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