California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Disaster Preparedness and Response

2015 California Wildfire Cleanups

CalRecycle crews are on the ground and coordinating the cleanup in the aftermath of a string of recent devastating wildfires: The Valley Fire, the Butte Fire, the Trinity County Fires, and the Rocky & Jerusalem Fires. Besides debris removal, CalRecycle will also be responsible for soil testing, the removal of hazardous trees, and erosion control.

This page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Valley Fire (Lake, Napa, and Sonoma Counties)

Debris Removal Project Status (December 10, 2015).
Residential properties:
Forty eight debris removal crews are working on 48 lots in Middletown (12 crews), Hoberg (11 crews), Hidden Valley Lakes (6 crews), Loch Lomond (7), Gifford Springs (6), and Anderson Springs (6 crews), and two crews are doing community service projects like erosion control, lot scraping, and creek clean-out. A Certified Asbestos Consultant is conducting visual surveys on lots for bulk asbestos, and abatement teams are conducting the removal. Site documentation is being conducted on lots. Soil sampling has begun on those lots where debris removal is completed. The erosion control contractor has begun installing erosion control measures and hydro-seeding on those lots that have met the cleanup goals. Twenty two lots were completed today.

Commercial properties: Water crews are prewatering lots and roadways. Three debris removal divisions continued to sort and remove concrete and metals from remaining ash debris on registered lots. Primary activities are at the Middletown Manor Townhouses and the Cobb Mountain Community Church. Additional debris removal divisions will mobilize next week when released from other debris removal operation incidents. Air monitoring is being conducted on all lots.

Valley Fire Details: See the Valley Fire page for more information including maps, photos, community plans, project task totals, and past status information.

Butte Fire (Amador and Calveras Counties)

Debris Removal Project Status (March 24, 2016).
CalRecycle has completed the first phase of debris removal operations. Since work began on Oct. 12, 2015, teams have cleared 820 properties of harmful ash and debris left behind by the 70,868-acre fire in Calaveras County. CalRecycle contractors will continue to perform final soil testing and install erosion control measures and hydro-seeding on cleared sites. Phase two of the operation is expected to proceed over the next month as crews are able to access 11 remaining lots that had been inaccessible due to weather. Calaveras County is developing a plan to address properties for which owners have not signed up for debris removal and have not begun the cleanup process.

Butte Fire Details: See the Butte Fire page for more information including maps, photos, community plans, project task totals, and past status information.

Trinity County Fires (Trinity County)

Debris Removal Project Status (October 15, 2015).
Debris removal and confirmation sampling has been completed on all sites registered to-date. One locally available crew is on standby to mitigate any sites with flagged confirmation sample results, which are expected to be received Tuesday. The Operations Chief is working with the arborist to identify trees for removal and assess erosion control needs for cleaned lots. Tree removal crews will begin work tomorrow and will continue throughout the week. A significant number of lots/owners have not turned in their right-of-entry (ROE) forms and the county is working to abate those properties.

Trinity Fire Details: See the Trinity Fires page for more information including community plans, project task totals, and past status information.

Rocky and Jerusalem Fires (Lake, Napa, Yolo, and Colusa Counties)

Debris Removal Project Status (November 16, 2015).
Lots were inaccessible due to recent weather for crews to conduct debris removal. Site documentation was conducted on the last registered lot. Soil confirmation sampling was conducted on remaining completed lots.

Rocky-Jerusalem Fire Details: See the Rocky-Jerusalem Fires page for more information including maps, project task totals, and past status information.

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Last updated: March 24, 2016
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