Over 100,000 Tons of Debris Removed from Camp Fire Properties

Phase II of the state’s wildfire debris removal operations is progressing in the removal of ash, debris, and contaminated soil on Butte County properties burned in the Camp Fire.

Implemented under the leadership and coordination of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in partnership with federal, state and local agencies, the State Consolidated Debris Removal Program offers survivors of the Camp Fire a streamlined option to clear burned properties to the highest standards.

To date, Phase I Household Hazardous Waste removal has been completed on 13,271 of 13,280 properties (99.9%). The final nine sites have been deferred to Phase II operations. 4,705 site assessments have been processed and more than 106,000 tons of debris has been removed from affected properties. Debris removal has been completed on 146 sites with 74 crews currently working in the area. Crews will work in the field daily as weather conditions permit.

Phase 2 Progress Report as of March 4, 2019

Butte County Camp Fire (02/12/2019) Total
ROEs Turned in to Butte County 11,058 ROE’s
Site Assessment (started Jan. 7, 2018) 4,705 Properties
Debris Removal (started Jan. 30, 2018) 146 Properties
Type of Waste Total Debris Removed
Tons of metals delivered/recycled 1,221 Tons
Tons of debris, ash, & soil disposed 84,319 Tons
Tons of concrete delivered/recycled 13,377 Tons
Tons of contaminated soil 7,790 Tons
Total Tons 106,886 Tons

California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program Overview

Phase I: Crews managed by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and U.S. EPA remove household hazardous waste such as paints, cleaners, solvents, oils, batteries, pesticides, compressed cylinders and tanks, and easily identifiable asbestos. Phase 1 HHW removal is now 99 percent complete in Butte County.

Camp Fire Phase 1 Map and Progress Report

Phase II: CalRecycle oversees and manages contractors to conduct the following operations, including the removal of wildfire ash, debris, and contaminated soil, at no out-of-pocket cost to property owners.

Camp Fire Phase 2 Map and Progress Report

Step 1 – Site Assessment and Documentation

  • Conduct background soil sampling to establish cleanup goals for the property; identify and remove any remaining asbestos-containing materials
  • Measure and record foundation, structures, debris, utility infrastructure, and property-specific hazards

Step 2 – Debris Removal

  • Remove, transport, and properly dispose all burnt debris, ash, and contaminated soil; recycle concrete and metal
  • Handle and track materials separately to ensure operational and fiscal accountability

Step 3 – Confirmation Sampling

  • Collect multiple soil samples from cleared lot for independent testing and analysis by California-certified laboratories
  • Assess soil sample results (CalRecycle) to ensure cleanup goals are met; re-scrape soil from portions of the parcel as necessary

Step 4 – Erosion Control Measures

  • Implement storm water best management practices to help control sediment runoff

Step 5 – Final Inspection

  • Conduct final walk-through of the property (CalRecycle). Deliver Notice of Final Approval to the County for acceptance.

Affected residents can find answers to their questions about the Phase II debris removal process by emailing inquiries to debrisquestions@caloes.ca.gov or by contacting local representatives at the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) in their community:

Butte County DROC

2805 Esplanade

Chico, CA 95973

(530) 399-0434

Property owners who wish to conduct their own cleanup or hire private contractors to remove wildfire debris may do so, but they should be aware of local safety and environmental standards and requirements. Find more information on alternate cleanup programs and find additional resources for wildfire survivors on the following local recovery website: ButteCountyRecovers.org

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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