Paradise fire cleanup on hold due to unstable slopes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State officials have halted debris removal on Northern California hills scarred by a deadly wildfire because of rain-saturated, unstable slopes.

CalRecyle officials said in a statement Thursday that work crews and truck drivers removing debris in Paradise have been placed on hold at least until March 19. A blaze in November leveled the town, destroying nearly 19,000 buildings and killing 85 people.

The government-sponsored debris cleanup had been ongoing since mid-December, and is expected to take a year.

The Sacramento Bee reports some 11,000 properties in Paradise and the nearby communities of Magalia and Concow are scheduled for cleanup and debris removal. Crews had fully cleaned 213 properties as of this week.

A series of winter storms have drenched the state, increasing the risk of mudslides in-fire scarred hills.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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