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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting local representatives at the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) in their community:
Butte County DROC
Chico, CA 95973
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