Weather, Safety Concerns Prompt 14-Day Delay in Camp Fire Debris Removal 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 until March 19, 2019. 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. The Incident Management Team and debris removal contractors will meet on March 14, 2019 to reassess site conditions.

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

Phase 2 Progress Report as of March 6, 2019


Order of Operations

Butte County Camp Fire

ROEs Received by County


Step 1 – Site Assessment and Documentation

Sites assessed


Asbestos surveys completed


Step 2 – Debris Removal

Debris removal completed


Step 3 – Confirmation Sampling

Sample results approved


Step 4 – Erosion Control Measures

Erosion control completed


Step 5 – Final Inspection

Final inspection completed























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.

One thought on “Weather, Safety Concerns Prompt 14-Day Delay in Camp Fire Debris Removal Operations

  • March 8, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Come on People! get it together! It’s costing each person money each day this is dragged on! Tired of hearing…”have patience”
    People want to begin restoring their lives not keep tearing it down!


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