Office of Public Affairs
For Immediate Release: March 7, 2019
News Release #2019-07
Media Contact: Lance Klug
Safety Concerns Prompt Pause in Debris Removal Operations
SACRAMENTO–The Incident Management Team for Camp Fire debris removal operations in Butte County has ordered the temporary demobilization all wildfire debris removal crews until March 19, 2019. The recent string of wet weather has created unsafe conditions with oversaturated soil for debris removal workers and truck drivers while limiting the ability of designated landfills to accept material.
The Incident Management Team, which includes representatives from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), made the decision to demobilize all debris removal crews based on the extended forecast. The Incident Management Team and debris removal contractors will meet on March 14, 2019, to reassess site conditions.
Pre-debris removal work including site assessments, asbestos surveys and abatement, chimney tipping, car tagging, and erosion control installation will continue as weather permits.
Phase 2 Progress Report as of March 7, 2019
|Order of Operations||Butte County Camp Fire|
|ROEs Received by County||11,066|
|Step 1–Site Assessment and Documentation|
|Asbestos surveys completed||3,469|
|Step 2–Debris Removal|
|Debris removal completed||213|
|Step 3–Confirmation Sampling|
|Sample results approved||47|
|Step 4–Erosion Control Measures|
|Erosion control completed||0|
|Step 5–Final Inspection|
|Final inspection completed||0|
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