Camp Fire Debris Removal Operations Push Forward

Phase II of the state’s wildfire debris removal operations is progressing in the removal of ash, debris, and contaminated soil on Butte County properties burned in the Camp Fire.

Implemented under the leadership and coordination of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in partnership with federal, state and local agencies, the Consolidated Debris Removal Program offers survivors of the Camp Fire a streamlined option to clear burned properties to the highest standards.

To date, Phase I Household Hazardous Waste removal has been completed on more than 13,000 properties. 3,422 site assessments have been processed, and more than 35,000 tons of debris has been removed.

Phase 2 Progress Report as of February 12, 2019

Butte County Camp Fire (02/12/2019) Total
ROEs Turned in to Butte County 10,657 ROE’s
Site Assessment (started Jan. 7, 2018) 3,422 Properties

Debris Removal (started Jan. 30, 2018)

81 Properties
Type of Waste Total Debris Removed
Tons of metals delivered/recycled 518 Tons
Tons of debris, ash, & soil disposed 27,451 Tons
Tons of concrete delivered/recycled 5,152 Tons
Tons of contaminated soil 2,641Tons
Total Tons

35,762 Tons

California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program Overview

Phase 1: Crews managed by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and U.S. EPA remove household hazardous waste such as paints, cleaners, solvents, oils, batteries, pesticides, compressed cylinders and tanks, and easily identifiable asbestos. Phase 1 HHW removal is now 99 percent complete in Butte County.

Camp Fire Phase 1 Map and Progress Report

Phase 2: CalRecycle oversees and manages contractors to conduct the following operations, including the removal of wildfire ash, debris, and contaminated soil, at no out-of-pocket cost to property owners.

Camp Fire Phase 2 Map and Progress Report

Step 1 – Site Assessment and Documentation

  • Conduct background soil sampling to establish cleanup goals for the property; identify and remove any remaining asbestos-containing materials
  • Measure and record foundation, structures, debris, utility infrastructure, and property-specific hazards

Step 2 – Debris Removal

  • Remove, transport, and properly dispose all burnt debris, ash, and contaminated soil; recycle concrete and metal
  • Handle and track materials separately to ensure operational and fiscal accountability

Step 3 – Confirmation Sampling

  • Collect multiple soil samples from cleared lot for independent testing and analysis by California-certified laboratories
  • Assess soil sample results (CalRecycle) to ensure cleanup goals are met; re-scrape soil from portions of the parcel as necessary

Step 4 – Erosion Control Measures

  • Implement storm water best management practices to help control sediment runoff

Step 5 – Final Inspection

  • Conduct final walk-through of the property (CalRecycle). Deliver Notice of Final Approval to the County for acceptance.

Phase 2 of California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program is a voluntary option offered at no out-of-pocket cost to property owners. To participate, owners must grant cleanup crews access to their properties by returning signed Right-of-Entry agreements to their local governments by the recently extended deadline of February 15, 2019.

Download ROEs: Butte County ROE

Affected residents can find answers to their questions about the Phase 2 debris removal process by emailing inquiries to or by contacting local representatives at the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) in their community:

Butte County DROC

2805 Esplanade

Chico, CA 95973

(530) 399-0434

Property owners who wish to conduct their own cleanup or hire private contractors to remove wildfire debris may do so, but they should be aware of local safety and environmental standards and requirements. Find more information on alternate cleanup programs and find additional resources for wildfire survivors on the following local recovery website:

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.

3 thoughts on “Camp Fire Debris Removal Operations Push Forward

  • April 5, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    The 530 399-0434 number is not in service.
    I haven’t been able to find out how to know when Camp fire debris removal soil clearance and erosion control is complete, other than the interactive map. Is there a more direct way to find out, so that I can schedule tree removal?

  • June 27, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Can you PLEASE tell me when my Property will be cleaned up?
    6138 Ripley Lane

    I am patiently waiting so I can put my Trailer up there to come to. It have been almost 8 months already!

    I would appreciate some help in getting this done.

    thank you


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