Camp Fire Recovery Update: April 25, 2019

The State’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program continues to make progress in the Woolsey, Hill and Camp Fire recovery efforts. To date, in the Northern and Southern California debris removal operations, more than 700,000 tons of debris have been removed from damaged properties.

Camp Fire Debris removal operations progress as 1,393 sites have been cleared and more than 450,000 tons of debris removed from the fire impacted area.

Phase I is complete, with Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) removal complete on 13,304 parcels, and 8,358 sites have been assessed in Phase II. 124 debris removal crews remain in the field, working diligently as weather and safety conditions permit. Here is a quick snapshot of the Camp Fire debris tonnage totals so far:


Total Debris Removal for the Project (4/24/2019)

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

To reduce any impacts to the community during cleanup efforts, the Debris Removal Program is monitoring air quality at several areas around Paradise. Current air quality and results from heavy metal and asbestos sampling will be posted as they are received. Full reports will be available twice a month from the Butte County AQMD. Please note that locations will be updated throughout the cleanup effort or may be temporarily offline due to maintenance or operations. For more information about debris related air quality, contact the Debris Removal Operations Center at (530) 399-0434 or Butte County AQMD.

This past week, Paradise Irrigation District (PID), along with a group of volunteers, conducted a census-type outreach to determine how many residents are currently living in standing structures in the area served by the district. The information will directly assist federal, state and local officials’ efforts to ensure fresh, clean water for those who continue to reside in Paradise.

PID recently provided answers to some frequently asked questions as they finalize their plan to restore the community’s water system and is working hard to expedite the rebuilding process, focusing on the mobilization of water tanks to standing structures and a testing/sampling plan for the entire system.

FEMA has approved more than $84.5 million in financial aid to roughly 7,950 owners and renters that qualified for assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration has also approved more than $405 million in loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

In addition, FEMA is supporting 295 households with mobile or temporary housing units (MHU/THU) using commercial site locations in Butte, Glenn, Mendocino, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties. The Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program has assisted more than 637 households since the disaster. For more information relating to the temporary sites, please visit:

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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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