Every year, California faces the threat of devastating wildfires that have the potential to claim lives, destroy property, and harm the environment. These disasters often create a significant amount of debris, which can include ash, metal, concrete, building materials, contaminated soil and hazardous materials. Disaster debris must be removed and properly managed to reduce threats to public health and safety, protect the environment, and help communities recover and rebuild.
California’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program is implemented under the leadership of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and local governments.
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Contractors and Subcontractors
For information about current contract solicitations and other opportunities with CalRecycle on debris removal and related projects, visit our Contracts page.
Current Wildfire Debris Cleanup Projects
Cal OES has tasked CalRecycle to manage wildfire debris removal operations throughout the state.
2021 Wildfire Season
Mobilization has begun for structural debris and hazard tree removal operations including the Dixie, Caldor, Monument, Tamarack, Lava, Antelope, River, and Cache Fires. Property owners should contact their local county or city for details on enrolling in this government-financed disaster recovery program.
- Alpine County
- El Dorado County
- Lake County
- Lassen County
- Nevada County
- Placer County
- Plumas County
- Siskiyou County: Antelope Fire, Lava Fire
- Tehama County
- Trinity County
For more information on 2021 recovery services visit Cal OES.
2020 Wildfire Season
Structural debris removal is complete for the 25-county. 3,600-property wildfire recovery effort. Hazard tree removal and soil testing continues. Track the progress on Cal OES’ interactive program map here.
CalRecycle is often tasked with organizing, managing, implementing, and overseeing debris removal operations in support of local governments. CalRecycle oversees and manages contractors to conduct debris removal at no out-of-pocket cost to property owners. To participate, homeowners must grant cleanup crews access to their properties by returning signed right-of-entry agreements to their local governments.