Backing away from President Donald Trump's blistering criticisms of California's forest and fire management, top federal officials pledged a unified effort to help Paradise heal from the devastating Camp Fire, but also warned that the Butte County town is years away from full recovery.
"This is going to be a very long a frustrating event for the citizens of Paradise," Brock Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told reporters after touring the fire-ravaged community with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Gov. Jerry Brown.
At least 48 people have been killed in what has become the state's worst wildfire ever.
"We'll be here for several years working this disaster," said Long. "It's not that it's going to take five years to put people back in their homes but if you're striving for a new normal ... what is the goal, what is the vision for where (the communities) want to be.
Earlier in the day, he signed an executive order to streamline cleanup and debris removal, and suspend zoning requirements and state-mandated fees for rushing manufactured homes and mobile homes into the area. Brown said he welcomes the Trump administration's help but also returned to his persistent theme that "the changing climate" is making fires worse in California.