SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security says the federal government is helping to remove thousands of tons of debris as part of rebuilding efforts in wildfire-ravaged areas of Northern California.
Wildfires that swept through Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Yuba counties in October killed 44 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes. State officials say insured damages alone topped $9 billion.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the blazes also left behind more than 700,000 tons of debris. Nielsen spoke Wednesday in the hard-hit city of Santa Rosa, where she surveyed the destruction and met with survivors.
On Tuesday, she flew over areas of Southern California devastated by the largest wildfire in California's modern history. The Thomas fire has destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.
- Homeland Security secretary visits fire damage in Santa Rosa
- Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigns
- Secretary of Homeland Security visits Redding to talk about Carr Fire
- Secretary of Homeland Security to tour areas damaged by Carr Fire today
- 10 vehicles involved in fiery Santa Rosa crash
- Wildfires Led to Water Pollution in Santa Rosa
- Blue Santa visited Mercy Medical Center today
- Senate confirms deputy White House chief of staff to lead Department of Homeland Security
- U.S Secretary of the Interior Visits Areas Devastated by Carr Fire
- Pet photos with Santa