Residents of California town leveled by fire can go home

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Some residents of a Northern California town devastated by a deadly wildfire are being allowed to return home, nearly a month after the blaze swept through the town.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office says evacuation orders will be lifted Wednesday for some neighborhoods in Paradise, where a fire destroyed about 14,000 homes and killed at least 85 people.

There will be limited access to residents on Wednesday, but the same neighborhoods will be opened to anyone on Thursday.

The sheriff’s office did not provide guidance for when all town residents will be allowed back to their homes.

More than 50,000 people in the town and two neighboring communities were forced to flee the Nov. 8 fire.

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This version corrects that the sheriff’s office has not given guidance for when all Paradise residents will be allowed to return home, not that they will be allowed to return on Thursday.

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