Wildfire Recovery Update: June 7, 2019

In Northern California, Camp Fire Debris removal operations progress as 4,010 sites have been cleared and nearly 1.3 million tons of debris removed from the fire impacted area.

Phase I is complete, with Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) removal complete on 13,321 parcels, and 9,319 sites have been assessed in Phase II. 144 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 as of June 6, 2019:

Total Debris Removal for the Project (6/6/2019)

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


An updated snapshot for Southern California recovery operations can be found here: http://www.oesnews.com/nearly-800-properties-affected-by-woolsey-hill-fires-cleared-of-structural-debris/.

The California National Guard has recently deployed in Butte County to assist with the Camp Fire recovery process. Guard members are currently helping in multiple areas of the recovery, including monitoring operations in the State’s Consolidated Debris Program and helping Cal Fire with fuel mitigation by removing dead brush and trees and creating fuel breaks in the burn scar areas.

The National Guard is an integral aspect of California’s wildfire response as well as recovery, playing major roles in many of the State’s recent incidents, including the Camp, North Bay and Carr fires. The Guard utilizes their Blackhawk and Chinook helicopters and C-130 planes to drop water and fire retardant, supports firefighting crews on the ground with manpower and equipment, helps with facilitating evacuations, and uses their drone technology to map areas and provide real-time intelligence to emergency managers.

Paradise Irrigation District (PID) officials and contracting partners, unveiled their draft plan for recovering the town’s water system during the second of a series of community meetings on May 14. Details of the plan, as well as additional information about the system’s recovery progress, can be found here: https://pidwater.com/recovery.

Local, state and federal partners continue helping PID with planning and system restoration progress to ensure fresh, clean water for those who continue to reside in Paradise, as well as those looking to rebuild.

FEMA has approved more than $85 million in financial aid to more than 7,950 owners and renters that qualified for assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration has also approved more than $414 million in loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

In addition, FEMA is supporting nearly 300 households with manufactured or temporary housing units (MHU/THU) using commercial site locations in Butte, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties. The Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program has assisted 37 households since the disaster. For more information relating to the temporary sites, please visit: https://buttecountyrecovers.org/agencies/housing/.

Stay updated on Recovery progress across California, and other news, at http://www.oesnews.com/

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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