Debris Removal in Burn Areas Nears Completion

Removing debris from more than 140,000 acres of scorched earth in rural areas was no easy task. That was the scenario following last year’s Butte Fire in Calaveras County and Valley Fire in Lake County.

Cal OES and CalRecycle have worked together with the counties to clear the way for survivors to return home. Recently, debris removal in Calaveras County was completed and the last haul in Lake County is around the corner.

The road to recovery is often a long one. Almost nine months after the fires, these two communities continue to make great progress towards becoming whole again. Cal OES continues to provide support to Lake and Calaveras counties as they rebuild and recover from last year’s devastating fires.


For more information about:

Cal OES Recovery Division, visit

Calaveras County recovery, visit

Lake County recovery, visit


Monica Vargas

Monica is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident and 2017 winter storms. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in international affairs, technology operations and executive staff support.

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