State Finishes Malibu Debris Removal

Written by on July 12, 2019

The California governor’s office of Emergency Services … CalOES … has completed the initial Woolsey Fire debris removal on all lots in the City of Malibu.

Cal OES’s acting deputy director, Eric Lamoureux … called a news conference in Malibu that this was a case of government working.


“While at the same time we had multiple catastrophic events happening throughout the state, the partner agencies rapidly deployed to support Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, moved forward to quickly assess the needs on this cleanup, establish this consolidated debris removal program, and move as safety and rapidly,  as possible as conditions permitted, to get homeowners’ homesites cleaned up so they could begin moving forward with their lives.”

838 million pounds of ash, debris, metal, concrete and contaminated soil were scraped away in Malibu … and out in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

838 million pounds … an enormous job.

Almost all of that tonnage went to the Las Virgenes dump in the heart of Calabasas.

A small amount went to hazmat dumps in the San Joaquin Valley.

Work still continues.

Soil sampling, installation of erosion control measures and hydromulching.

Re-scraping on properties where soil samples exceeded required levels will likely continue through the end of July. 

Work also continues on more than 100 property owners … who opted for the private Local Program with their debris removal process.

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