The Latest: Wildfire-damaged town issues 2nd rebuild permit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on wildfire-ravished town rebuilding (all times local):

10:50 a.m.

A second Northern California couple says they received a permit to rebuild their Paradise home destroyed by a wildfire five months ago.

Colleen Corners said she and her husband picked up their building permit Friday at Paradise City Hall. Some 11,000 homes and 90 percent of the town were destroyed by a Nov. 8 wildfire that also killed 85 people.

The town announced on Thursday that it issued the first permit to begin rebuilding a home on Thursday to Jason and Meagann Buzzard.

One of other property owner who has had the lot cleared of debris and inspected by state officials is eligible to receive a permit. Another 20 applications have been filed and are awaiting inspections. About 580 lots have been cleared so far.


10:30 a.m.

Small signs of rebuilding a Northern California town destroyed by wildfire are sprouting this spring, including the issuing of the first permit to rebuild one of the 11,000 homes destroyed in Paradise five months ago.

A city hall clerk on Thursday issued Jason and Meagann Buzzard a building permit to replace their home destroyed by the Nov. 8 fire that killed 85 people.

The couple told reporters they never thought about leaving. Paradise Mayor Jody Jones said the Buzzards’ permit is a sign that the town will rebuild.

Nonetheless, the process has been slow. The Buzzards’ lot was one of only three properties in a town of 27,000 people cleared of rubble and certified safe by state inspectors for rebuilding. An estimated 580 lots have been cleared still await inspection.

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