Camp Fire Recovery Update: April 5, 2019

This week’s Recovery update is centered on housing solutions for Camp Fire survivors. Five temporary community housing sites are being established and currently in various stages of development. Mobile Housing Units (MHU), 1 to 3 bedroom units, which include a kitchen, bathrooms, and common areas, and Travel Trailer options are being placed at community sites and mobile home parks. MHUs may be outfitted with ramps and other amenities, making them handicap assessable.

As of April 4, 2019, FEMA has provided more than $83 million in financial aid to roughly 7,900 households/renters that qualified for assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration has also approved more than $399 million in loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

In addition, FEMA is supporting 234 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 636 households since the disaster. For more information relating to the temporary sites, please visit:

Paradise Irrigation District (PID) continues to finalize their plan to restore their water system. PID 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. Cal OES, FEMA, The California Department of Drinking Water, Butte County Health, local contractors and academia professionals continue assisting PID in this monumental task.

Mid-week, debris removal operations paused again due to wet weather and oversaturated soil conditions. Nevertheless, progress continues with 668 sites cleared and more than 220,000 tons of debris removed, to date.

Phase I is complete, with Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) removal completed on 13,271 parcels, and 7,704 sites have been assessed in Phase II. 108 debris removal crews will be back in the field as soon as weather and safety conditions permit. Here is a quick snapshot of the debris tonnage totals so far:

Total Debris Removal for the Project


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 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 in the Camp Fire burn area. Contact the Debris Removal Operations Center at (530) 399-0434 or BCAQMD for air quality information.

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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.

4 thoughts on “Camp Fire Recovery Update: April 5, 2019

  • April 7, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Does any know the percentage of folks who will be rebuilding vs those that will be selling their lots?
    approx. 14000 homes destroyed.

  • April 7, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    What are the rebuild stats known so far for all Northern California wild fires since 2015 Valley Fire?

    • May 19, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      Hi Bart! This is Aimé…. I have someone looking for you. She has tried to call cell phone, but no response and is concerned you are ok. Can’t find your email – if you have mine would you get in touch?

      • May 19, 2019 at 4:17 pm

        To Aime’ Graves,
        From Bart Levenson:

        Thanks for getting in touch. Email is best contact:
        Greetings and blessings!


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