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Cleaning up Paradise as a grim anniversary nears

A worker douses potentially contaminated soil in Paradise, California, 11 months after the Camp Fire. Photo by Anne Wernikoff, CalMatters 

As California braces for peak fire season, the most extensive post-fire cleanup it has ever taken on is  nearly complete. Crews have hauled off more than 3.6 million tons of debris — twice what was removed from the World Trade Center site after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City.