Listed below are recent posts across all of CalRecyle's blogs.

  • CalRecycle Wildfire Debris Cleanups: Status Report

    After a wildfire, the process involved in cleaning up damaged property, clearing debris, and rebuilding can be overwhelming. Residents and local governments are inundated with tasks and projects that must be completed in an orderly manner. In response to a declared State of Emergency and a request for assistance from a local government, the California Office of Emergency Services regularly tasks CalRecycle with managing debris removal operations and preparing residential properties for rebuilding by homeowners.

    CalRecycle is currently mission-tasked by CalOES to manage debris removal operations for the Carr Fire in Shasta County, the Klamathon Fire in Siskiyou County, and the Mendocino Complex Fire and the Pawnee Fire, both in Lake County.

    In Shasta County, 1,046 homeowners have registered for the program; debris removal is complete on 723 sites, and 119 of those have been approved for redevelopment. 

    In Siskiyou County, debris removal is complete on all 49 properties registered for the program.

    In Lake County, 146 homeowners registered for the Mendocino Complex debris removal program; debris removal is complete on 86 properties.

    Homeowners have returned 15 signed Right of Entry forms for the Pawnee Fire cleanup; debris removal is complete on nine properties.

    For more on the wildfire debris removal process, see our Consolidated Debris Removal Program FAQs and our Wildfire Debris Cleanup and Recovery webpage

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Nov 5, 2018

  • Fact Check: What Affected Homeowners Should Know About Wildfire Debris Removal

    Crews managed by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery are making significant progress clearing debris from private properties destroyed by the Carr Fire in Shasta County and the Klamathon Fire in Siskiyou County. CalRecycle-managed crews are also set to begin debris removal on homes destroyed by the Mendocino Complex and Pawnee fires in Lake County.

    Residents who wish to take advantage of the state-run debris removal program pay no out-of-pocket costs but are required to return signed right-of-entry agreements to their local governments before crews can begin work.

    Incident Right-of-Entry Deadline
    Klamathon Fire (Siskiyou County) Passed (Contact your local government)
    Carr Fire (Shasta County/City of Redding) Sept. 30, 2018
    Mendocino Complex Fire (Lake County) Sept. 28, 2018
    Pawnee Fire (Lake County) Sept. 28, 2018

    CalRecycle manages California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program under the leadership of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and local governments. Here are other key facts about the program:

    • California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program is entirely state-run and managed by CalRecycle experts with more than a decade of experience in disaster debris removal.
    • The state-run program covers asbestos testing and removal; site assessments and documentation; removal of all burned debris, foundations, ash, and contaminated soil; air monitoring and dust control; soil sampling; soil re-scraping (as needed); erosion control installation; and final inspection.
    • State-managed crews follow stringent health and safety standards to help rebuild communities to the highest standards and prevent additional harm during the cleanup process.
    • Private cleanups are required to follow the same health, safety, and environmental standards as state-managed cleanups; this should be factored into any private cleanup cost estimates.
    • Over the past 15 disaster debris removal operations, the average cost per lot for CalRecycle-managed cleanups was $74,958. Per-lot costs can vary dramatically depending on geographic distribution, structures per site, access issues, environmental conditions, and distance to an acceptable disposal facility.
    • CalRecycle documents the amount of material removed, trucked, and disposed from each property to ensure fiscal and operational accountability.
    • There are no out-of-pocket costs to participating homeowners, regardless of actual cleanup costs or residential insurance coverage
    • Homeowners with insurance that specifically covers debris removal may be required to remit the portion of the insurance claim payments that are specifically reserved for that activity.
    • Property owners may be able to first utilize debris removal insurance proceeds for debris removal work that is outside the scope of the state-managed program, such as the removal of pools and driveways, and trees/fencing/outbuildings outside the ash footprint. Contact your insurance provider for specifics on your policy.

    Get answers to any remaining debris removal questions by contacting representatives at the Debris Removal Operations Center in your community.

    Shasta Co. Debris Removal Operations Center
    1300 Hilltop Drive
    Redding, CA 96003

    Siskiyou Co. Debris Removal Operations Center
    1312 Fairlane Road
    Yreka, CA 96097

    Lake Co. Debris Removal Operations Center
    898 Lakeport Boulevard
    Lakeport, CA 96453

    Posted on In the Loop by Lance Klug on Sep 18, 2018