California marks wildfire debris removal milestone

California marks wildfire debris removal milestone

Debris removal completed in Siskiyou County, cleanups continue in Shasta and Lake counties.

October 9, 2018

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) have announced the completion of wildfire debris removal in Siskiyou County.

Carr Fire cleanup

Final inspections on cleared lots are underway and should be complete by mid-October, according to a recent press release.

Since August 27, 2018, crews removed more than 13,670 tons of wildfire debris from 49 private properties. Debris included ash, contaminated soil, concrete and metal, which was recycled.

“The completion of wildfire debris removal in Siskiyou County is a significant milestone in California’s wildfire recovery efforts,” says CalRecycle director Scott Smithline. “CalRecycle is incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made together with our state and local partners to help these communities heal and put homeowners in a position to rebuild.”

Under CalRecycle’s management, crews are making progress on additional wildfire debris removal operations on properties impacted by the Carr Fire, which burned in Shasta County in August, as well as Lake County properties affected by the Pawnee and Mendocino Complex fires.

CalRecycle implements phase two of California’s consolidated debris removal program under the leadership of CalOES and local governments. Following the removal of household hazardous waste, CalOES and local officials coordinate with CalRecycle to execute contracts and conduct fire-related debris removal on private properties at no out-of-pocket costs to homeowners.

According to the release, homeowners must sign and return right-of-entry forms to their local governments to participate in the state-run program.