Camp Fire Debris Removal Operation Emphasizes Monitoring of Air Quality

To minimize potential impacts to the community and keep health and safety a priority during cleanup efforts, the State’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program is actively monitoring air quality throughout the Camp Fire burn area. Monitoring occurs at selected community locations, adjacent to properties being cleared, and at the metal and concrete recycling locations.

Monitoring is being done at Odin and Franklin sites currently. Granite will be added when concrete recycling occurs. There are no monitors at municipal landfills at this time. Please note that locations are still being evaluated and will be updated throughout the cleanup effort. Monitoring locations may also be temporarily offline due to maintenance or operations.

Current air quality and results from heavy metal and asbestos sampling will be posted at as they are received. Full reports will be available twice a month at here. Butte County Air Quality Management District is also providing guidance for residents, contractors and others performing digging, grading and excavation activities in areas that are known to have or are suspected of having Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA) in the soils or underlying rock.

Steady progress in the State’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program is being made. Following a short delay due to unsafe weather conditions and oversaturated soil, debris removal operations got back into full swing Monday with 80 crews in the field. An additional 10 crews were added Wednesday. Debris crews have removed more than 170,000 tons of debris and cleared 540 sites.

Phase I is complete, with Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) removal completed on 13,271 parcels, and 6,591 sites have been assessed in Phase II. Here is a quick snapshot of the debris tonnage totals so far:

Total Debris Removal for the Project (3/21/2019)

Type of Waste


Tons of metals delivered/recycled


Tons of debris, ash, & soil disposed


Tons of concrete delivered/recycled


Tons of contaminated soil

Tons of vegetative material


Total Tons


For more information about the debris removal process, contact the Debris Removal Operations Center at (530) 399-0434 or visit


RJ Ghilarducci

RJ Ghilarducci is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). He joined the OES team to aid in 2018's Camp, Woolsey, Hill, and Holy Fire recoveries. He previously served on Governor Gavin Newsom's campaign, worked as a newspaper reporter, and coached Division 1 college football.

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