An excavator operated by state contractors removes debris from a property in the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park that was affected by the Woolsey Fire.

Wildfire Recovery Update: April 19, 2019

The State’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program continues to make progress in the Woolsey, Hill and Camp Fire recovery efforts. To date, in the Northern and Southern California debris removal operations, more than 600,000 tons of debris have been removed from damaged properties.

In Southern California, crews have removed debris from 54% of eligible properties damaged in the Woolsey and Hill fires. State officials submitted final inspection reports for nearly 160 properties in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and contractors have removed more than 230,000 tons of eligible debris since operations began February 6. The total includes more than 200,000 tons from Los Angeles County and more than 25,000 tons from Ventura County.

Below is a quick snapshot of the Southern California debris tonnage totals as of April 16, 2019:

Total Debris Removal for the Project LA County

Total Debris Removal for the Project Ventura County

Total Debris Removal for the Project LA/Ventura County

Type of Waste




Burned debris and ash








Contaminated soil/re-scrape




Contaminated soil/residual ash








Total Tons

Camp Fire Debris removal operations continue to progress as well. 1,210 sites have been cleared and more than 400,000 tons of debris removed, to date. Phase I is complete, with Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) removal complete on 13,311 parcels, and 8,239 sites have been assessed in Phase II.

124 debris removal crews remain in the field, working diligently as weather and safety conditions permit. Below is a quick snapshot of the Camp Fire debris tonnage totals as of April 18, 2019:

Total Debris Removal for the Project

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

Paradise Irrigation District (PID) provided answers to some frequently asked questions as they finalize their plan to restore the community’s water system. PID is working hard to expedite the rebuilding process, focusing on the mobilization of water tanks to standing structures and a testing/sampling plan for the entire system. Federal, state and local officials continue assisting PID in recovering the water system.

FEMA has approved more than $84 million in financial aid to roughly 7,900 owners and renters that qualified for assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration has also approved more than $404 million in loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

In addition, FEMA is supporting 283 households with mobile or temporary housing units (MHU/THU) using commercial site locations in Butte, Glenn, Mendocino, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties. The Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program has assisted more than 636 households since the disaster. For more information relating to the temporary sites, please visit:

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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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