The Latest: Some residents allowed to return after blaze

The Latest on some residents being allowed to return to Paradise, California, after the devastating wildfire. (all times local):

11:25 a.m.

A long line of cars has formed as some residents of a Northern California town are allowed to return to see what they can salvage from the devastation left by a catastrophic wildfire.

Joyce McLean says she has seen photos on social media of her destroyed home in Paradise and knows one of the only things that survived was an American flag flying on a pole.

She is hoping she can salvage family heirlooms and mementos from her only son's childhood.

The 73-year-old McLean says returning on Wednesday after her harrowing escape during the fire is making her nervous and emotional, but she wants to make sure she at least recovers the flag.

Some residents are being allowed to return nearly a month after the blaze swept through the area, killing at least 85 people and destroying about 14,000 homes.


7:40 a.m.

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.


This item 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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