California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Disaster Preparedness and Response

2007 Angora Wildfire

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The devastating wildfire in the Tahoe Basin consumed 3,100 picturesque acres, more than 254 residences, and 75 outbuildings. The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), now CalRecycle, in cooperation with El Dorado County and several other State agencies, raced to protect, remediate, and restore this national treasure as quickly as possible.

Incident Status Summary: Friday, August 24, 2007, 1800 Hours (6 p.m., PST)

Day 40 and we remained an injury-free project.

Debris Tonnage for August 23 (39 days of reporting)

  • 10 tons of metal were delivered for recycling.
  • 90 tons of concrete were delivered for recycling.
  • 826 tons of ash debris were delivered for disposal.
  • 59,454 tons have been removed in 39 days.

257 - Number of sites requiring debris removal, known as of August 24.
257 - Number of sites registered for the removal project.
257 - Number of sites ready for debris removal.
257 - Number of sites that have completed the removal stage. Change of: +5.
252 - Number of sites in the sampling stage (under testing). Change of: +6.
161 - Number of sites with sample results approved. Change of: 0.
10Number of sites certified by El Dorado County as ready for a building permit. Change of: +3.

Resources assigned to the project:
8 excavators: change of 0; 4 loaders: change of 0; 3 track steers: change of 0; 9 water trucks: change of 0; 61 end dumps (40-foot long dump trucks): change of 0; 79 personnel: change of 0; 1 elevated water drop tank.

Recovery Phase

As the Angora fire emergency moved into the recovery phase, CIWMB entered into an agreement with El Dorado County to have its contractor, A. J. Diani, remove construction debris, including destroyed cars, foundations, building materials, white goods, and household contents; perform random soil sampling of the building sites; and perform interim erosion/storm water run off controls.

A Proclamation of Emergency was issued by local, state and federal governments in El Dorado County.

The right-of-entry permit ( PDF, 159 KB) allowed California Integrated Waste Management Board and El Dorado County to proceed with cleanup on privately owned properties. See right-of-entry permit addendum in Hazardous Tree Removal section below.

Hazardous Tree Removal

Disaster Debris Management

Guidance on disaster debris management, including selecting and securing temporary storage sites, is available in Local Enforcement Agency Advisory #43--Disaster Assistance, as well as in the Disaster Plan. LEA Advisory #43 also contains guidance on financial and technical assistance, as well as information to collect for the CIWMB.

For Private Contractors: The document Project Specifications for the Angora Fire Structural Debris Removal--Lake Tahoe, California (PDF, 386 KB, dated July 16, 2007), is one of two structural debris removal plans prepared by CIWMB for El Dorado County. Other guidance documents are listed further below.

Waivers: Information and forms regarding waivers and emergency work are available below. (If you require special accommodation to access these documents pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (916) 341-6300 or

Waste Facilities and More Resources

Household Hazardous Waste Facilities (PDF, 248 KB). This document lists all the active permanent and temporary HHW collection programs in California and their contacts. The facilities take most HHW waste with some restrictions. Materials that may be dropped off are batteries, oil, oil filters, latex paint, antifreeze, and other universal waste. This website lists all the electronic waste recyclers in El Dorado County.

Auto Dismantling and Recycling

  • Auto Scrap Recyclers (SIC Code 5093): Excel, 245 KB
  • Auto Parts Recyclers (SIC Code 5015): Excel, 427 KB

Guidance Documents


Other CalEPA Boards, Departments, and Offices

Other State Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Affected local governments in El Dorado County may be eligible to receive up to 75 percent of the eligible cost for debris removal and emergency protective measures that were undertaken in response to the fires. The emergency declaration also makes cost-shared funding available to the state for approved projects that reduce future disaster risks.

FEMA brochures and information on specific disaster debris issues are located at the following sites:


State Agencies

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Last updated: June 27, 2008
Disaster Preparedness and Response
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