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Jones Fire Debris Removal Still Not Complete

The remains of 2020 wildfire survivors’ homes and property, such as burned metal, concrete, ash, and contaminated soil, have now been cleared from more than 35-hundred of the properties enrolled in a free state program. More than 57-hundred homes were destroyed. But properties still need critical soil testing, erosion control, and hazardous tree removal, to ensure lots are safe for families to rebuild. In Nevada County, 10 homeowners from the Jones Fire are participating in the program. And Office of Emergency Services Manager, Paul Cummings, says progress is slower than they’d anticipated, with work only beginning about six months after the blaze that destroyed 21 structures…

click to listen to Paul Cummings

Cummings says the total restoration tab can be as much as 50-thousand dollars per parcel…

click to listen to Paul Cummings

Cummings says three of the homeowners here are now ready to re-build. Statewide, only 14-hundred-54 properties have been cleared from the entire process.

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