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For Immediate Release: March 7, 2019
Release #2019-07
Media Contact: Lance Klug

Safety Concerns Prompt Pause in Debris Removal Operations

SACRAMENTO–The Incident Management Team for Camp Fire debris removal operations in Butte County has ordered the temporary demobilization all wildfire debris removal crews until March 19, 2019. The recent string of wet weather has created unsafe conditions with oversaturated soil for debris removal workers and truck drivers while limiting the ability of designated landfills to accept material.

The Incident Management Team, which includes representatives from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), made the decision to demobilize all debris removal crews based on the extended forecast. The Incident Management Team and debris removal contractors will meet on March 14, 2019, to reassess site conditions. 

Pre-debris removal work including site assessments, asbestos surveys and abatement, chimney tipping, car tagging, and erosion control installation will continue as weather permits. 

Phase 2 Progress Report as of March 7, 2019

Order of OperationsButte County Camp Fire
ROEs Received by County11,066
Step 1–Site Assessment and Documentation  
Sites assessed  5,323
Asbestos surveys completed3,469
Step 2–Debris Removal  
Debris removal completed 213
Step 3–Confirmation Sampling  
Sample results approved47
Step 4–Erosion Control Measures 
Erosion control completed0
Step 5–Final Inspection 
Final inspection completed0

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