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Environmental Management

Caldor Fire Recovery 

Environmental Management is committed to doing everything possible to help those affected by the Caldor Fire receive all necessary assistance and guidance for the recovery process.  The page is a work in progress and more information will be added when it becomes available.  For general information regarding Caldor Fire recovery, please call 530-621-5101 or visit this page:www.edcgov.us/Pages/Caldor-Fire.aspx 


When Returning Home

As areas affected by the fire with destroyed homes and property are opened to residents, residents will have limited access to visit the property to collect recognizable belongings and mementos that may have survived the fire. Please review critical health and safety information when returning to an area that has been affected by the fire.  If you have questions regarding your residential structure, please contact your local building department.  If you have any questions regarding your utilities, please contact your utility provider.

 Property owners should not clean up their destroyed structures until approved to do so by El Dorado County Environmental Management.  Doing so may preclude you from future government assistance.

Debris Removal

The Consolidated Debris Removal Program has two phases: removal of household hazardous waste and removal of other fire-related debris including hazard trees.

Phase 1 Debris Removal

Phase 1 Debris Removal consists of the survey, collection, and disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) at properties affected by the Caldor Fire. Phase 1 Debris Removal is being led by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). 

Caldor Fire Recovery Right of Entry

The Right of Entry (ROE) form and checklist must be completed for individuals to receive assistance with the Consolidated Debris Removal program conducted by the State. It is the quickest way to begin and move forward with the recovery process. 

The ROE grants State and County government inspectors access to your property to clean up hazardous materials. It allows government agencies to inspect, cut, test, remove, clear, and monitor wildfire-generated debris of whatever nature, including but not limited to, burned or partially burned structures, ash, concrete foundations, contaminated soil, vehicles, trailers, waste, or other debris, and hazard trees from the Property. 

The ROE grants the inspectors the right to determine which hazard trees, materials, and items on the Property are eligible and will be removed as part of the State's Consolidated Debris Removal Program. Submission of this ROE authorizes the Government to remove wildfire-generated debris of whatever nature including but not limited to burned or partially burned structures, ash, concrete foundations, contaminated soil, vehicles, trailers, waste, hazard trees, or other debris from the Property, as part of the Debris and Hazard Tree Removal Program.

The deadline to submit your ROE to the County is Monday, November 15, 2021, @ 5:00 PM.

Phase II Debris Removal

In Phase II, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and local officials coordinate with the State's Debris Task Force to conduct fire-related debris removal from your property if you have elected to participate in the State's program by completing and signing a Right-of-Entry (ROE) form. The Alternative Fire Debris Removal Program is available to residents who choose not to participate in the Government Program or do not qualify. More information is available on the Phase II Debris Removal Page (under construction).