Debris Cleanup

Every year, California faces the threat of devastating wildfires that have the potential to claim lives, destroy property, and harm the environment. Wildfire debris removal programs are implemented under the leadership of the 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 overseeing and managing contractors and consultants to conduct local debris removal operations, including the removal of wildfire ash, debris, and contaminated soil, at no out-of-pocket cost to property owners. Homeowners who choose to participate in the debris removal phase of the state-managed cleanup program are required to return signed Right of Entry forms to their local governments.

HHW debris removal

Wildfire Resources and Order of Operations

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

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Resources for Homeowners

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

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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 debris removal operations in Butte, Los Angeles, and Ventura counties. Find more information about debris removal programs and additional resources for wildfire survivors on the following local recovery websites:

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

Woolsey-Hill Fire | Los Angeles (LA) County and Ventura County

The Woolsey-Hill 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.

Woolsey Fire Debris GIS