Unsafe Conditions Force Short Pause in Debris Removal Operations

Camp Fire debris removal operations in Butte County are paused again due to wet weather and unsafe conditions for debris removal workers and truck drivers, with oversaturated soil limiting the ability of designated landfills to accept material. A temporary demobilization of all wildfire debris removal crews has been ordered through March 31. The Incident Management Team plans to resume operations on Monday, April 1, 2019, weather permitting.

Pre-debris removal work including site assessments, asbestos surveys and abatement, chimney and standing wall tipping, car tagging, and erosion control installation will continue as weather and site conditions permit.

Additionally, to reduce impacts to the community during cleanup efforts, the Government-Sponsored Debris Removal Program is monitoring air quality at several areas around Paradise. Current air quality and results from heavy metal and asbestos sampling will be posted as they are received. Full reports will be available twice a month from the Butte County AQMD. Please note that locations will be updated throughout the cleanup effort or may be temporarily offline due to maintenance or operations. For more information about debris related air quality, contact the Debris Removal Operations Center at (530) 399-0434 or Butte County AQMD.

To date, 580 sites have been cleared of debris across the Camp Fire burn area. Here’s a snapshot of the debris removal process so far:



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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