California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

Fire Season Danger at Waste Facilities

August 7, 2008

To: All Local Enforcement Agencies

Collaboration and Best Management Practices Can Minimize "Fires in Waiting"

Record temperatures and red flag weather increase the likelihood of facility fires such as the recent compost fire at a Bay Area landfill. Best management practices (BMPs) and other information on solid waste fires including fire prevention and fire suppression is now available on the CIWMB website. Strictly adhering to tire storage requirements is also a good fire prevention practice along with other practices at tire facilities.

Board staff encourage LEAs and Tire Enforcement Grantees to work with operators, the appropriate fire authorities and other stakeholders to cooperatively address the issue of fires in solid waste, compost and tire facilities. Additional information concerning general wildfire preparedness and disaster debris management is also available.

If you know of any local ordinances or local fire code provisions related to solid waste or tire facilities that could serve as guides for other jurisdictions, please send them to Dennis Corcoran (solid waste) or tire facilities Jim Lee (tire).

General questions regarding fire issues can be directed to Dennis Corcoran.

This all LEA email was sent on behalf of the Waste Compliance and Mitigation Program of the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

Please note: Past emails and other correspondence are retained for historical purposes. Over time, some information and links on these pages may become dated and/or inaccurate.

Date Released: August 7, 2008
LEA Correspondence,
Melissa Hoover-Hartwick: (916) 341-6813