California Marks New Wildfire Debris Removal Milestone: Debris Removal Completed in Siskiyou County, Cleanups Continue in Shasta and Lake Counties

Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: October 9, 2018
News Release #2018-20
Media Contact: Lance Klug

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is joining the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to announce the completion of wildfire debris removal in Siskiyou County. Final inspections on cleared lots are underway and should be complete by mid-October. Since August 27, 2018, crews removed more than 13,670 tons of wildfire debris from 49 private properties, including:

  • 9,835 tons of ash/debris
  • 2,371 tons of contaminated soil
  • 1,009 tons of concrete (recycled)
  • 391 tons of metal (recycled)

“The completion of wildfire debris removal in Siskiyou County is a significant milestone in California’s wildfire recovery efforts,” CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said. “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.”

Remaining Debris Removal Operations

CalRecycle-managed crews continue to make progress on three additional wildfire debris removal operations on properties impacted by the Carr Fire in Shasta County as well as Lake County properties affected by the Pawnee and Mendocino Complex fires.

CalRecycle Operations as of Oct. 9, 2018

Klamathon Fire
(Siskiyou County)
Carr Fire
(Shasta County
Mendocino Complex Fire
(Lake County)
Pawnee Fire
(Lake County)
Participating Properties4996812113
Site Assessments4980411313
Debris Removal4927980
Confirmation Sampling2910800
Erosion Control29000
Final Inspection22000

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 (phase one), 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.

Homeowners must sign and return Right-of-Entry forms to their local governments to participate in the state-run program. Those who wish to conduct their own cleanup or hire private contractors to remove wildfire debris may do so, but should be aware of local safety and environmental standards and requirements.

For more information contact, the Office of Public Affairs,

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