Storms Pause Camp Fire Debris Operations

The Incident Management Team for Camp Fire debris removal operations in Butte County has ordered the temporary demobilization of all wildfire debris removal crews. The recent string of wet weather has created unsafe conditions with oversaturated soil for debris removal workers and truck drivers, while limiting the ability of designated landfills to accept material.

The Incident Management Team, which includes representatives from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), made the decision to demobilize all debris removal crews based on the extended forecast.

108 debris removal crews – consisting of three to five persons each – are expected to resume work on Wednesday, April 10. Pre-debris removal work including site assessments, asbestos surveys and abatement, chimney tipping, car tagging, and other activities will continue as weather permits.

7,454 sites have been assessed and 646 have been cleared in the State’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program. Over 220,000 tons of debris have been removed so far.

Total Debris Removal for the Project (3/26/2019)

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

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.

3 thoughts on “Storms Pause Camp Fire Debris Operations

  • April 4, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Where Are the designated landfill sights for dumping campfire debris?

  • April 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Does anyone know the approximate percentage of folks that are rebuilding vs selling their lots of the 14k that tragically lost their homes?


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