DTSC Emergency Response Crews Start Cleanup After Caldor Fireplace – YubaNet

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SACRAMENTO – As wildfire season reaches its peak in California, the Division of Poisonous Substances Management (DTSC) continues to assist communities rebuild and get better by eradicating poisonous waste from fire-damaged areas. Beginning at the moment, DTSC will take away family hazardous waste in areas of El Dorado County devastated by the Caldor Fireplace.

DTSC emergency response crews assessed and eliminated family hazardous waste from Walt Tyler Elementary College in Grizzly Flats, CA. The college was destroyed by the Caldor Fireplace. Picture courtesy DTSC

The Caldor Fireplace started on Aug. 14, 2021 in El Dorado County and is presently burning in El Dorado and Amador counties, scarring over 220,000 acres thus far.

DTSC’s emergency response crew has been mission tasked by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Workplace of Emergency Providers (Cal OES) to conduct operations on properties impacted by the Caldor Fireplace in El Dorado County.

DTSC’s operations embody safely figuring out and eradicating family hazardous waste (HHW) and bulk asbestos from broken properties that might pose a danger to folks, animals and the atmosphere. HHW can embody paint, pesticides, pool chemical substances, aerosol cans, propane cylinders, compressed fuel cylinders, and batteries.

“Californians have handled super loss attributable to wildfires in recent times,” DTSC Director Meredith Williams mentioned. “Our emergency crews have been cleansing up hearth after hearth already this season and we proceed to work hand-in-hand with different companies to assist the folks and shield the atmosphere of California.”

This yr, DTSC’s work consists of eradicating HHW from seven fires spanning 10 counties complete. The Division has already cleaned up 854 broken properties of over 2,300 recognized.

DTSC’s emergency response crew has accomplished essential cleanup work after the next fires: Tamarack Fireplace (eight properties in Alpine County); Beckwourth Fireplace (144 properties in Lassen and Plumas counties); and Cache Fireplace (70 properties in Lake County).

It’s presently conducting cleanup operations for the Dixie Fireplace (566 properties in Plumas, Lassen, and Tehama counties); and the River Fireplace (78 properties in Nevada and Placer counties).

DTSC can also be beginning operations on the Monument Fireplace (Trinity County), and the Lava Fireplace and Antelope fires (Siskiyou County) this week.

Present Caldor Fireplace harm estimates are about 1,000 constructions destroyed in El Dorado County, almost 800 of these are residential. DTSC began eradicating HHW within the Grizzly Flats space. There have been 14 properties recognized for the Antelope Fireplace; 41 for the Monument Fireplace; and 47 for the Lava Fireplace.

Final yr’s wildfire season was record-setting, with over 4 million acres burned and 30 lives misplaced in California.

DTSC tracks its wildfire hazardous waste cleanup on a public, real-time dashboard mapping system. Data will probably be uploaded as quickly because it turns into accessible.

Extra info on DTSC’s emergency response to wildfires could be discovered on the division’s web site.

For extra info on the state’s wildfire restoration efforts, please go to Cal OES’s devoted web page.

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