Cleanup crews have begun to remove hazardous waste from the roughly 18,000 buildings destroyed in the Camp Fire, which ignited in Butte County more than a month ago.
It's the first step in the massive cleanup, which is expected to take more than a year to complete. Debris removal is being overseen by CalRecycle, a department within the California Environmental Protection Agency, which is expected to start hauling away more than 8 million tons of ash, contaminated soil, concrete and metal in January.
But first, hazmat teams from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have to clear hazardous items including propane tanks and batteries. One such team — suited up in white Tyvek suits, hardhats and respirators — went to work on a mobile home park outside of Paradise on Saturday.