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Butte County Residents Begin Debris Removal Process

In the aftermath of the Camp Fire, many evacuees face a new challenge: Cleaning up what's left of their homes.

Posted: Dec 10, 2018 6:20 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - In the aftermath of the Camp Fire, many evacuees face a new challenge: Cleaning up what's left of their homes. 

Two new centers opened up in Oroville and Chico on Monday to pick up Right-of-Entry forms to apply for debris removal. 

Many people waiting in line at the newly opened center in Oroville to get some answers. 

"The process has been very difficult for me to process what we have to do," said Julio Rey, a Paradise Resident. "I just knew people who were like, 'Hey, you need to take care of this.' So, I rushed down to Oroville to do this." 

Rey's home was completely destroyed by the Camp Fire. He even took time off of work to focus on cleaning up what is left. 

"It's just too much for me to handle the process, lost property, the emotions that are high," he said. 

Federal and state partners are working on phase one, which is cleaning hazardous waste from the fire. 

"The next phase is to clean up fire debris," said Casey Hatcher, Butte County Public Information Officer. "Folks can sign up for state-sponsored programs to have debris removed by state-sponsored contractors." 

People are also allowed to clean up their properties on their own. 

"People certainly have the opportunity to clean it themselves, but they'll have to clean it to the same standards," she said. 

Dennis Yoder lived in Paradise for 40 years. He's looking for valuables before the clean-up crews arrive. 

"I'm just going to be looking through here to see if I can find anything worth saving," Yoder said. "The fire was so hot. As you can see it melted everything." 

While not much is still standing from Yoder's home, there are a couple of things, such as these bricks which Yoder said will bring a piece of his old home into the new one he and his wife will rebuild. 

"A big thing she said [Yoder's wife] was 'save the bricks,'" he said. "She had it built after we moved here."

For more information on the debris removal process, and to fill out the appropriate forms, CLICK HERE. 

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