State, Federal and Local Officials to Discuss Camp Fire Debris Removal Operations at Sacramento County Meeting

Representatives from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will discuss the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program at a Public Community Meeting in Sacramento County on Thursday, January 17. The meeting, scheduled for 12-2 p.m., will be inside the North Natomas Library (4660 Via Ingoglia St.) in Sacramento.

Butte County, CalRecycle, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will also be represented to address additional questions from the public.

The meeting will be streamed LIVE here.

The first phase of California’s largest ever state-run debris removal program is progressing rapidly in Butte County, with completion of 9,736 properties to date. Phase I of the state’s process, which is being overseen by the US EPA and DTSC, involves the removal of household hazardous waste (HHW).

Household hazardous waste includes everyday products like paints, cleaners, solvents, oils, batteries, herbicides and pesticides, which may pose a threat to human health, animals and the environment. Pressurized fuel cylinders can also pose a threat and are removed. Following a fire, these products require special handling and disposal, especially if their containers are compromised. Phase I also includes removal of easily identifiable materials suspected to contain asbestos, and includes both residential and commercial properties.

Phase I has been successfully completed on all Butte County schools affected by the fire.

Upon completion, Phase II of the debris removal process will begin. Cal OES, FEMA and local officials coordinate with the State’s Debris Task Force and its Debris Management Teams (DMT) to conduct fire-related debris removal from the affected property.

The state’s program is completed at no cost to property owners; the state may only seek to recoup any funds dedicated for debris removal in the property owner’s insurance policy after completion of the work. Residents must elect to participate in the program by completing and signing a Right-of-Entry (ROE) form. You can download the ROE form for Butte County here.

The Camp Fire burned for 17 days, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 25, covering an area of 153,336 acres and destroying 18,804 structures.

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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