California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

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.

Current Statistics

  • 831 sites registered
  • 820 sites with debris removal complete
  • 693 sites with final soil testing complete
  • 583 sites with erosion control complete

Debris from Butte Fire Butte fire lot cleaned up.

Contractors

  • 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.
CalRecycle Project Totals
  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 --
Sites documented 141 181 217 387 704 768 768 --
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

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.

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Last updated: March 24, 2016
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