California Marks New Wildfire Debris Removal Milestone

Debris Removal Completed in Siskiyou County, Cleanups Continue in Shasta and Lake Counties

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is joining the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to announce the completion of wildfire debris removal in Siskiyou County. Final inspections on cleared lots are underway and should be complete by mid-October. Since August 27, 2018, crews removed more than 13,670 tons of wildfire debris from 49 private properties, including:

·       9,835 tons of ash/debris ·       1,009 tons of concrete (recycled)
·       2,371 tons of contaminated soil ·       391 tons of metal (recycled)

“The completion of wildfire debris removal in Siskiyou County is a significant milestone in California’s wildfire recovery efforts,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “CalRecycle is incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made together with our state and local partners to help these communities heal and put homeowners in a position to rebuild.”

Remaining Debris Removal Operations

CalRecycle-managed crews continue to make progress on three additional wildfire debris removal operations on properties impacted by the Carr Fire in Shasta County as well as Lake County properties affected by the Pawnee and Mendocino Complex fires .


CalRecycle Operations

as of Oct. 9, 2018

Klamathon Fire (Siskiyou County) Carr Fire

(Shasta County)

Mendocino Complex Fire (Lake County) Pawnee Fire

(Lake County)

Participating Properties 49 968 121 13
Site Assessments 49 804 113 13
Debris Removal 49 279 8 0
Confirmation Sampling 29 108 0 0
Erosion Control 29 0 0 0
Final Inspection 22 0 0 0


CalRecycle implements phase two of California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program under the leadership of CalOES and local governments. Following the removal of household hazardous waste (phase one), CalOES and local officials coordinate with CalRecycle to execute contracts and conduct fire-related debris removal on private properties at no out-of-pocket costs to homeowners.

Homeowners must sign and return Right-of-Entry forms to their local governments to participate in the state-run program. Those who wish to conduct their own cleanup or hire private contractors to remove wildfire debris may do so, but should be aware of local safety and environmental standards and requirements.

Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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