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:
“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
|Mendocino Complex Fire|
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.
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