Weather Stops Work on Camp Fire Debris Removal

Safety Concerns Prompt Pause in Debris Removal Operations

Media Contact: Lance Klug
Lance.Klug@CalRecycle.ca.gov
(916) 341-6293

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 (Cal Recycle) 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 Operations Butte County Camp Fire
ROEs Received by County 11,066
Step 1 – Site Assessment and Documentation
Sites assessed 5,323
Asbestos surveys completed 3,469
Step 2 – Debris Removal
Debris removal completed 213
Step 3 – Confirmation Sampling
Sample results approved 47
Step 4 – Erosion Control Measures
Erosion control completed 0
Step 5 – Final Inspection
Final inspection completed 0


— Lance Klug
Posted on Mar 12, 2019

Summary: 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.