Crews suit up to clear hazardous waste from Wall Fire – California News

Crews suit up to clear hazardous waste from Wall Fire – California News





Oroville >> Crews have begun clearing hazardous materials left in the wake of the Wall Fire that stretched over 6,000 acres in early July and destroyed more than 40 homes in the Butte County foothills.

By Cal Fire’s count, in addition to the homes destroyed, three homes were damaged and 57 other structures were damaged or destroyed in the fire which began on Chinese Wall Road, near Bangor.

Now most people are in recovery mode. Last week, the county held an informational meeting in Bangor for families impacted by the local disaster, where officials worked to spread the word about the free services available to fire victims.

On Wednesday morning, a group of workers in white hazmat suits, helmets and respirators delved into a property off Old Olive Highway, near the Mt. Ida neighborhood. It was one of several spots on the agenda for the day, with the group’s work to continue through the end of the week.

For those who signed up by the deadline last week, the hazmat cleanup is free. Crews consist of workers with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control and the NRC Environmental Services, in coordination with Butte County’s Environmental Health Department.

Their objective is to make the sites safe for property owners or contractors to return and clear the land completely of debris. The next step is up to the residents, though the county is offering large bins free of charge. County workers can then haul the bins away for free. The bin program will run for three weeks, beginning Monday.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors also approved last week waiving fees for permits related to recovery after the fire.

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