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Cleaning Up: Inside the Wildfire Debris Removal Job That Cost Taxpayers $1.3 Billion

By Sukey Lewis, KQED News/The California Report

Last Oct. 23, as the wildfires that ignited two weeks earlier still smoldered across Northern California, a few hundred survivors gathered at a press conference in downtown Santa Rosa to hear an update on their next major hurdle: getting rid of the ash, toxic debris and waste left behind where their homes used to stand.

One after another, federal, state, and local officials reassured the anxious crowd. They promised that their devastated homes would be cleared safely, carefully and quickly.

Read the complete story at KQED News/The California Report.