BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. -The Environmental Protection Agency said that phase one of the cleanup process has begun in areas affected by the Camp Fire.
While many people are finally getting back to their properties to see what's left of their homes, they may not be able to stay long due to toxic debris clean up.
The EPA also said that phase one will last a long time, even continuing into next summer.
A lot of hazardous waste includes car batteries, cleaners, paint solvents, and more.
"I think it's important that property owners understand and know that this first phase of work is being done at no cost to them," said Steve Calanog, incident commander of the Environmental Protection Agency. "It's being completely funded by the EPA and the California DTSE."
Phase two is the removal of anything that the fire has damaged, toxic or not. EPA crews will start on that phase in January.