Debris Removal

Household Hazardous Waste (Phase 1)

California Department of Toxic Substances Control

LNU Lightning Complex Household Hazardous Waste (Phase 1) Dashboard

The Department Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC) Emergency Response Program oversees the cleanup of hazardous waste that is released after wildfires ravage residential and commercial properties.

This year, the people and environment of California are besieged by unprecedented wildfire activity, which has consumed more than 3.1 million acres of land, an area nearly the size of Connecticut.

Once the flames are extinguished, DTSC is mission tasked by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) to begin assessing fire-impacted properties and remove harmful household hazardous wastes (HHW) and bulk asbestos that threaten public health and the environment.

DTSC Emergency Response staff fosters strong partnerships with communities during this difficult transition between devastation and rebuilding.

DTSC’s priority through Wildfire Cleanup & Recovery is to help community members and wildfire survivors by clearing their properties of household hazardous waste, keeping them informed of the process through the real-time Public Dashboard mapping system and providing other essential resources.

As of September 11, 2020, DTSC’s Emergency Response Program arrived in Lake, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties to begin cleanup activities on the residential properties that were destroyed or damaged in the LNU Lightning Complex Fire.

DTSC’s Public Dashboard mapping system provides critical information to crews on the ground. In addition, it keeps the public informed by displaying the latest information regarding DTSC’s cleanup process.


News Release: Six Counties Receive Federal Help with Wildfire Debris Removal

Release Date Release Number

Sep 5, 2020 DR-4558-CA NR 008

Sacramento, Ca.-The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that Lake, Monterey, Napa, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma counties have been designated to receive federal assistance for debris removal under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

On August 22, 2020, President Donald J. Trump granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of California triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recovering from wildfires that occurred August 14, 2020, and continuing. That disaster declaration was amended today to add the six counties for assistance with debris removal.

Those six counties plus San Mateo and Yolo counties were previously designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program and for Public Assistance with emergency protective measures.

Eligible applicants for Public Assistance funds include state, county and local governments, federally recognized tribal governments, and some private non-profits such as educational and medical facilities. FEMA provides 75 percent of the cost of eligible projects.

September 14, 2020: Butte and San Mateo Counties to Also Receive Help With Debris Removal