1. Medium view of clean up crew in hazmat suits and worker walking into burn damaged property for inspection
2. Close view of worker sifting through debris
3. Medium view of homeowner standing on property destroyed by wildfire
4. Medium view of car destroyed by wildfire
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Larry Keyser, property owner:
"The police came and yelled at us, to get out…'right now you gotta get out'. So we basically got our shoes on and a sweatshirt and left, with literally the clothes we were sleeping in. And that was it."
6. Wide view of EPA official sifting through debris
7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Larry Keyser, property owner:
"My wife had her mother's wedding ring. Trying to find it and they didn't have any luck, I don't think they had any luck with it. I had a coin collection from my childhood, and we had silver plates, silver coffee pots. So, they did their best."
8. Medium view of U.S. flag standing in burn debris, pan to wide view of Keyser standing in burned out property
9. Wide view of construction crews removing soil from burn damaged property
10. Close view of sign posted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the status of the property
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Rick Brown, Spokesman, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
"When we come out for the Phase Two portion and conduct that site assessment, that initial site assessment, we're going to look at that right of entry form and any notes the property owner made and we'll try to make those determinations then, whether or not we can save something they're wanting us to save, or remove something they want us to remove."
12. Medium view of construction crews digging up soil on burn damaged property
Rumbling bulldozers have started scraping up the ash, charred wood and crumbled bricks left from thousands of homes and buildings destroyed by wildfires in California wine country.
The second phase of cleanup launched this week in a Santa Rosa neighborhood that saw some of the worst destruction last month.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors began the work this week in flattened, blackened blocks of Santa Rosa's Coffey Park neighborhood. It saw some of the worst destruction last month when fierce winds drove flames that killed at least 43 people and destroyed 8,900 houses and other buildings in four counties.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finished the first phase at most properties in hard-hit areas, with crews carting away hazardous waste.
Rick Brown, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, says that allowed crews with heavy equipment to move in to scrape up foundations and the top layer of ash, debris and soil. The soil will be tested for contaminants such as asbestos or other metals and chemicals.
Brown says they're in contact with property owners about the cleanup process.
"When we come out for the phase two portion and conduct that site assessment, that initial site assessment, we're going to look at that right of entry form and any notes the property owner made and we'll try to make those determinations then, whether or not we can save something they're wanting us to save, or remove something they want us to remove," Brown said.
Agencies also are sampling for air contamination and any hazardous water runoff into waterways.