PID hosted community meeting at Paradise Alliance Church

Camp Fire Recovery Update: March 29, 2019

On Tuesday night the Paradise Irrigation District (PID), in coordination with federal, state and local partners, held a community meeting where PID and Town of Paradise officials updated residents on the status and overall water system recovery plan. More than 1,000 survivors attended the meeting to get more informed and have their questions answered. Find more information on PID and future community events HERE.

Debris removal operations are paused through the weekend due to wet weather and oversaturated soil. Nevertheless, progress continues with 580 sites cleared of debris, to date.

More than 90 debris removal crews will be back in the field as soon as weather and safety conditions permit. Debris crews have removed more than 200,000 tons of debris so far, and cleared nearly 200 parcels in the last week alone.

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 (3/26/2019)

                    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 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.

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 BCAQMD.

The mission to house and assist survivors is advancing as well. As of March 26, 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 $396 million in loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

In addition, FEMA is supporting 228 households with temporary housing units (THUs) 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 600 households since the disaster. FEMA continues to work with state and local officials on developing the five Temporary Housing Communities that will be located in Butte County.  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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