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Concow residents return home for the first time since Camp Fire blaze

Concow residents return home.

Evacuation orders were reduced to a warning in Concow, on Tuesday. The Butte County Sheriff's Office says the evacuation order was reduced to a warning for residents, for 24-hours. Starting on Wednesday, the Concow area Zone B will be open for general access, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

On Tuesday, residents returning to Zone B were required to show identification and proof of residency. Residents were able to access their properties by Highway 70 and Concow Road.

Susan and Johnny Casper, longtime Concow residents, were out of town when the Camp Fire ignited on November 8. Tuesday, was the first time they had returned home, in weeks. They say there were living in hotels, until they were allowed back in. Unfortunately, they traveled home to find a pile of rubble.

"We really like Concow, because it's a little off the beaten path. That's one of things that attracted us to this area," said Johnny Casper.

As for rebuilding, the Caspers hope to do that. The bridge leading up to their property was charred, making it challenging to even access the property. However, they are hopeful they will be able to rebuild the home they lived in, surrounded by Concow Creek.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office says prior to returning home, residents are encouraged to take steps to ensure they have food, water, and fuel for their vehicles. Residents are also advised not to use generators, to power buildings or structures, due to potential back feeding of electrical lines.

All residents are encouraged to check the online Cal Fire interactive fire map, to see if their residence falls within the lifted areas and view all evacuation statuses. To view the map, you can click here.

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