Wildfire Recovery Update – July 12, 2019


This week, state-managed wildfire debris removal crews in Southern California removed the last loads of debris from properties in Los Angeles and Ventura County that were destroyed in the Woolsey and Hill fires.

State and local leaders reflected on the debris removal milestone during a news conference Wednesday in Agoura Hills. Speakers included representatives from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), CalRecycle and Los Angeles and Ventura counties. A livestream of the news conference can be found on the CalOES YouTube website, here.

In Northern California, the State’s Consolidated Debris Removal Operations continue progressing across Camp Fire impacted areas. To date, 6,894 properties have been cleared of ash and debris with more than 2.1 million tons removed in Northern California

Here is a quick snapshot of the Camp Fire debris tonnage totals as of July 9, 2019:

Total Debris Removal for the Project

Type of Waste


Tons of metals delivered/recycled


Tons of debris, ash, & soil disposed


Tons of concrete delivered/recycled


Tons of contaminated soil


Tons of vegetative material


Total Tons

Monday, July 15, Paradise Irrigation District (PID) officials and contracting partners will hold their third community meeting to update survivors and the local community on their draft water system recovery plan.

Details of the plan, as well as additional information about the system’s recovery progress, can be found on PID’s website, here.

FEMA has approved more than $86 million in financial aid to nearly 8,000 owners and renters who qualified for assistance. The U.S. Small Business Administration has also approved more than $419 million in loans to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters recovering from the Camp, Woolsey and Hill fires.

In addition, FEMA is supporting more than 400 households with manufactured or temporary housing units (MHU/THU) using commercial site locations in Butte, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba Counties. The Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) program has assisted more than 637 households since the disaster. For more information relating to the temporary sites, please the Butte County Recovery website, here.

Stay updated on Recovery progress across California, and other news, through the CalOES newsroom website, here.