For those whose homes were destroyed by the Carr Fire, the first phase of the cleanup begins next week.

Crews with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control will be visiting neighborhoods in Redding and in the county to begin removing household hazardous waste at homes destroyed by the fire.

The first crews should arrive in Shasta County on Monday and begin work Tuesday. Adam Palmer, supervisor of the emergency response teams that will be in the county, said he wasn't sure where they would start work.

The six- to eight-member crews need to remove hazardous waste at burn sites to make it safe for the second phase of the cleanup, Palmer said.

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A crew from Samaritan's Purse help a Keswick resident look for items that may have survived the Carr Fire.
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A community meeting on debris removal is set for 6 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Redding City Hall City Council chambers, 777 Cypress Ave. City of Redding and Shasta County officials will answer questions about the program.

After all the hazardous waste has been removed, then crews from another state agency, CalRecycle, will show up with heavy equipment to remove the rest of the debris, said Lance Klug, a spokesman for CalRecycle.

Palmer said there will be four crews from DTSC, with two working in the county and two working in the city of Redding.

They will be looking for such items as paint cans, pesticides, oil, detergent and propane tanks less than 30 gallons in size.

The cleanup is typical during disasters, Palmer said, and in California that usually means after wildfires.

"We've unfortunately gotten a lot of experience in the past couple of years," Palmer said. "We've been pretty busy since 2015."

There have been 1,077 homes destroyed by the Carr Fire and another 500 outbuildings since it started July 23. The fire is still actively burning, but mostly on the western edge in rural areas of Trinity and Shasta counties.

As of Thursday morning, the Carr Fire was 48 percent contained.