Debris Cleanup

Every year, California faces the threat of devastating wildfires that have the potential to claim lives, destroy property, and harm the environment. These disasters often create a significant amount of debris, which can include ash, metal, concrete, building materials, contaminated soil and hazardous materials. Disaster debris must be removed and properly managed to reduce threats to public health and safety, protect the environment, and help communities recover and rebuild.

California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program is implemented under the leadership of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and local governments.

CalOES: Wildfire Recovery Resources

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General Information

CalRecycle is often tasked with organizing, managing, implementing, and overseeing debris removal operations in support of local governments. CalRecycle oversees and manages contractors to conduct debris removal at no out-of-pocket cost to property owners. To participate, homeowners must grant cleanup crews access to their properties by returning signed right-of-entry agreements to their local governments.

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HHW debris removal

Order of Operations

The state-managed debris removal program has two phases: 1) The removal of household hazardous waste, and 2) The removal of other fire-related debris.

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Car burned in wildfire

Resources for Homeowners

CalRecycle has prepared resources and guidance to help affected residents with information about wildfire debris management and disposal, household hazardous waste collection and storage, and wildfire debris/ash cleanup and disposal.

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Debris cleanup crew

Resources for Jurisdictions

Depending on the circumstances and extent of damage caused by a wildfire, local government jurisdictions develop a coordinated approach to fire debris cleanup.

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Current Wildfire Debris Cleanup Projects

Cal OES has tasked CalRecycle to manage Camp Fire debris removal operations in Butte County. Find more information about the debris removal effort and additional resources for wildfire survivors on the following local recovery website:

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Wildfire Public Dashboards and Maps

This mapping system provides critical information to crews on the ground. In addition, it displays the latest information regarding the cleanup process to keep the public informed.

Camp Fire | Butte County and the Town of Paradise

The Camp Fire Response Public Dashboard map (below) displays the total number of parcels impacted by recent wildfires. Select the image below to get more details and access the Public Dashboard map.

Camp Fire Debris GIS