Wildfire Recovery Update: May 31, 2019

In Northern California, Camp Fire Debris removal operations progress as 3,422 sites have been cleared and more than 1 million tons of debris removed from the fire impacted area.

Phase I is complete, with Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) removal complete on 13,321 parcels, and 9,230 sites have been assessed in Phase II. 144 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 30, 2019:

Total Debris Removal for the Project (5/30/2019)

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

An updated snapshot for Southern California recovery operations can be found here: http://www.oesnews.com/nearly-800-properties-affected-by-woolsey-hill-fires-cleared-of-structural-debris/.

Paradise Irrigation District (PID) officials and contracting partners, unveiled their draft plan for recovering the town’s water system during the second of a series of community meetings on May 14. Details of the plan, as well as additional information about the system’s recovery progress, can be found here: https://pidwater.com/recovery.

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

As the recovery of the water systems damaged in the Camp Fire continues to advance, many groups and companies have recognized the immediate need for clean water. Some amazing programs have been providing drinking water to the Paradise area since the disaster began. Convoy of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid to disaster survivors around the world, has partnered with Nestle to provide free water bottles by the truckload. So far, these organizations have combined to donate more than 22 semi-trucks full of water, amounting to nearly 1 million bottles of water. For a more in-depth look at this program, see our video on the Cal OES Youtube Channel.

FEMA has approved more than $85 million in financial aid to more than 7,950 owners and renters that qualified for assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration has also approved more than $412 million in loans to businesses, private 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, Lake, 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: https://buttecountyrecovers.org/agencies/housing/.

Stay updated on Recovery progress across California, and other news, at http://www.oesnews.com/

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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