After almost entirely burning to the ground in November's Camp Fire, the town of Paradise is trying to accelerate repopulation — but there are potential health concerns about people moving back into a burn area.
But for people living in surviving homes and in RVs, proximity to that debris is potentially dangerous. Debris can contain arsenic, asbestos and lead, which can "aggravate asthma and respiratory problems," according to the California Department of Public Health.
"We don't recommend [living in these areas] at all," said Butte County Public Health Department spokeswoman Lisa Almaguer.
Contaminants can also get into the water supply. The Paradise Irrigation District is advising residents to use only bottled water for cooking and bathing while it tests its water.