2021 Wildfire Cleanup Coordination Begins for Two Additional Wildfires

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Beginning in August 2021, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) mobilized resources at the direction of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) for emergency Phase 1 cleanup operations to remove Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from properties impacted by six wildfires this year.

As northern California faces unprecedented wildfire activity, DTSC is currently working with local governments and state agencies to protect the public by removing HHW such as lead-acid and household batteries; compressed gas cylinders; bulk pesticides, fertilizers, and pool chemicals; paints, thinners, and aerosol cans; asbestos siding, pipe insulation, and tiles.

Below, Cal OES is providing an update on the work being done to clear HHW from homes impacted by the following fires:

Beckwourth Fire (Lassen and Plumas Counties)

  • DTSC completed HHW removal on 144 parcels in Lassen and Plumas counties

Cache Fire (Lake County)

  • DTSC mobilized on August 25 for HHW assessments on 70 structures in Lake County
Crews removing hazardous batteries

DTSC crews work to remove batteries from fire-damaged boats in Lake County

Removing hazardous material from Lake County

Household hazardous waste being removed from fire-ravaged properties following the Cache Fire

 

Caldor Fire (El Dorado County)

  • DTSC has begun assessments on 974 properties in El Dorado County
DTSC workers remove hazardous debris

DTSC crews remove HHW from Walt Tyler Elementary School in Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County

 

Dixie Fire (Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Tehama Counties)

  • On August 24, DTSC began HHW removal in Plumas County. So far, assessments have begun in 53 of 1,269 structures
  • Work will be completed once it’s safe to assess all destroyed structures, including those in Butte, Lassen and Tehama counties
hazardous waste being removed

Household hazardous waste being removed in Plumas County

household hazardous waste removal

DTSC crews work to remove household hazardous waste from a property in Plumas County

 

Lava Fire (Siskiyou County)

  • DTSC began assessments on 55 parcels on September 14
HazMat crews removing household hazardous waste

DTSC crews begin Phase 1 operations in Siskiyou County

 

Monument Fire (Trinity County)

  • DTSC has assessed 24 properties affected by the Monument Fire
HazMat crews removing household hazardous waste

DTSC crews removing HHW in Trinity County

 

HazMat crews removing household hazardous waste

DTSC crews loading HHW into trucks for removal

 

River Fire (Placer and Nevada Counties)

  • Assessments of affected properties began August 30
Household Hazardous Waste removal in Nevada County

DTSC HazMat crews in Nevada County assessing properties impacted by the River Fire

Household Hazardous Waste removal in Nevada County

DTSC Emergency Response Phase 1 Operations in Nevada County on properties impacted by the River Fire

 

workers removing debris from Placer county

DTSC crews removing household hazardous waste in Placer County

 

Tamarack Fire (Alpine County)

  • HHW work completed on August 6

The public can track the progress of statewide wildfire hazardous waste cleanup on a real-time dashboard mapping system. Information will be uploaded as soon as it becomes available.

Additional information on the Cal OES Statewide Debris Removal Program can be found here.

More information regarding DTSC’s emergency response to wildfires and management of hazardous waste can be found here.