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Several species could be impacted by Camp Fire debris cleanup

There are many sensitive species, salmon not the least among them, said a representative of the Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Posted: May 11, 2019 1:42 PM

PARADISE, Calif. - Though the entire Camp Fire debris cleanup process is not expected to be delayed because of concern about the health of some threatened or endangered species that live in Butte County waterways, there are reported delays on approximately 800 properties due for Phase 2 cleanup.

On Friday we reported that properties within 100 feet of waterways will not be cleared until state agencies come to a resolution within the next couple of days, according to Cal OES.

The frogs that are endangered are the California Red-Legged Frog and the Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog.

Jordan Traverso from the Department of Fish & Wildlife said the issue isn't just about frogs.

There are "many sensitive species, salmon not the least among them," she continued.

Traverso said other species in addition to the frogs are the spring run Central Valley Chinook salmon and steelhead, the Western Pond Turtle, and some birds and bats.

Traverso clarified that Fish & Wildlife provides "best practices" to agencies in order to keep species protected. She said their agency did not demand any cleanup delays relating to the Camp Fire debris cleanup process.

Cal OES said crews are still clearing 100 properties per day and that the environmental regulations are not delaying the progress.

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