Disaster Preparedness and Response
2015 Butte Fire Cleanup
Current 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.
- 831 sites registered
- 820 sites with debris removal complete
- 693 sites with final soil testing complete
- 583 sites with erosion control complete
- Arcadis is contracted for site documentation which includes the following: measure radiation and dust levels, take photographs, measure foundation size, measure ash/debris footprint, note any site-specific anomalies.
- NES is contracted for worker safety, baseline air monitoring, remedial air monitoring, "triage" bulk asbestos, sampling, and surveys.
- Selby Erosion Control is the contractor for erosion control measures on individual debris sites.
- Sukut Construction is the primary debris removal contractor for the Calaveras County Butte Fire debris removal project. Sukut has contracted with Parc Specialties for asbestos remediation. Subcontracting to Sukut is Sierra Mountain Construction, Sutton Construction, Ferma Corporation, and Groundworks Construction.
|Oct 20||Oct 22||Oct 27||Nov 5||Nov 13||Dec 16||Dec 17||Mar 23|
|Total number of parcels assessed||439||508||610||683||802||815||815||--|
|Sites registered for the removal project. Deadline to sign up was Nov. 6.||574||598||630||698||776||776||779||831|
|Sites denied entry||0||0||0||11||1||3||3||--|
|Total number of field crews||10||12||12||18||NA||32||32||--|
|Daily tally of right of entry “hot spots” (ammunition, chemicals, areas of concern, etc.) not including asbestos||46||37||4||0||0||32||32||--|
|Asbestos surveys completed||266||317||347||392||481||761||761||--|
|Sites with asbestos containing material||11||40||12||82||108||205||208||--|
|Sites cleared of asbestos containing material||10||14||36||35||72||148||151||--|
|Parcels with debris removal completed||8||13||26||35||86||248||257||820|
|Soil samples collected||7||12||16||25||32||178||194||--|
|Soil sample results approved||1||1||3||13||13||96||111||693|
|Erosion control completed||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||583|
|Approved by Calaveras County as ready for a building permit||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||--|
|Run-off containment sites completed||6||6||22||22||22||0||--||--|
Maps and Community Plans
- Incident Action Plan, December 17-18, 2015 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
- Site Safety and Health Plan, September 2015 (PDF, 3.5 MB)
- Community Health and Safety Plan, September 2015--Effective October 2015 (PDF, 545 KB)
- Map of Burn Area (PDF, 1 MB)
Project Status History
- March 23, 2106. Phase one cmopleted.
- December 15, 2015. Erosion control measures began.
- November 15, 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and its contractor, Parc Environmental, have demobilized. Debris removal was suspended on Nov. 15 due to rainy weather. Runoff containment operations has been suspended.
- October 22, 2015. US EPA has indicated that next week they will be working with the Sheriff's Bomb Squad to detonate items determined to be too dangerous to physically transport. Notification to residents and county will occur ahead of time before detonation.
- October 20, 2015. The Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) in conjunction with US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), is surveying and removing all lots for household hazardous waste. Staff continues to identify a reporting methodology for daily hazardous material site completions by DTSC and US EPA. US EPA has indicated that next week they will be working with the Sheriff's Bomb Squad to detonate items determined to be too dangerous to physically transport. Notification to residents and county will occur ahead of time before detonation.