Recovery Work Begins in Placer County Following Mosquito Fire


Following the destructive Mosquito Fire in Placer and El Dorado counties, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is leading the effort amongst state and local partners to begin the first step to recovery in Placer County.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), has been directed by Cal OES to start the first phase of the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program in Placer County for Mosquito Fire survivors on October 3.

In total, crews are working to assess 69 residential properties between Placer and El Dorado County, for household hazardous waste (such as batteries, herbicides, pesticides, propane tanks, asbestos siding, and paints) that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment. This work is done automatically for all residential properties that have been damaged or destroyed by a wildfire.

DTSC crews work to assess properties burned by the Mosquito Fire

Crews work to assess properties in Placer County following the Mosquito Fire

DTSC crews assess properties in Placer County burned by the Mosquito Fire

DTSC crews assess properties in Placer County, burned by the Mosquito Fire

Wildfire survivors can track the progress of Phase I work across the state by accessing the DTSC Household Hazardous Waste Assessment and Removal Dashboard where users can isolate the data according to fire and search residential sites by address to see when work was completed.

Additional information on the 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.