Camp Fire Recovery Update: May 2, 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 900,000 tons of debris have been removed from damaged properties.

Camp Fire Debris removal operations continue to progress, as 1,886 sites had been cleared and more than 600,000 tons of debris removed from the fire impacted area as of May 1st. Operations in Butte are clearing an average of 100 properties per day.

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. 141 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 (5/1/2019)

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.

As the recovery of the water systems damaged in the Camp Fire continues to advance, many groups and companies have recognized the immediate need for clean water. Some amazing programs have been providing drinking water to the Paradise area since the disaster began. Convoy of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to disaster survivors around the world, has partnered with Nestle to provide free, clean water bottles by the truckload. So far, these organizations have combined to donate more than 20 semi-trucks full of water, amounting to over 700,000 water bottles. Paradise residents in need can visit Paradise Nazarene Church to pick up any water they need. For a more in depth look at this process, keep an eye out for our upcoming video piece. You’ll find that and more on the Cal OES YouTube page here

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 $406 million in loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

In addition, FEMA is supporting 347 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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