PID hosted community meeting at Paradise Alliance Church

Wildfire Recovery Update: May 17, 2019

The State’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program continues to make progress in the Woolsey, Hill and Camp Fire recovery efforts. To date, the Northern and Southern California debris operations have removed more than 1.4 million tons of debris from damaged properties.

An updated look at Southern California debris removal operations can be found here:

In Northern California, Camp Fire Debris removal operations have cleared 3,265 sites and removed more than 1 million tons of debris from the fire impacted area. Phase I is complete, with Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) removal complete on 13,314 parcels, and 8,974 sites have been assessed in Phase II. 141 debris removal crews remain in the field, working diligently as weather and safety conditions permit. Here is a quick snapshot of the Camp Fire debris tonnage totals as of May 16, 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

Earlier this week, Paradise Irrigation District (PID) officials and contracting partners unveiled their draft plan for recovering Paradise’s water system during the second of a series of community meetings. Details of the plan, as well as additional information about the system’s recovery progress, can be found here:

Local, state and federal partners continue to assist PID with planning and system restoration operations to ensure fresh, clean water for those who continue to reside and those looking to rebuild in Paradise.

FEMA has approved more than $85 million in financial aid for nearly 8,000 owners and renters that qualified for assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has also approved more than $410 million in loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

In addition, FEMA is supporting more than 300 households with manufactured 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 637 households since the disaster. For more information relating to the temporary sites, please visit:

Stay updated on Recovery progress across California, and other news, at

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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