CalRecycle and CalOES started conducting fire debris removal under the California state-sponsored program the week of February 4, 2019 at properties that were burned in the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, as well as in the unincorporated Malibu area. CalRecycle and CalOES continue fire debris removal activities April 17-19 on the following streets:
Decker School Rd
Encinal Canyon Rd
Latigo Canyon Rd
Morning View Dr
Paseo Canyon Dr
South Foose Rd
Vista De Los Ondas
Vista Del Preseas
All fire debris removal operations require that ash and debris be wetted down prior to removal, and the ash and debris must be completely encapsulated prior to being transported for disposal to protect public health from particulate pollution. If unhealthy air quality is detected, debris removal operations will be halted.
CalRecycle notified the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) that debris removal would begin at properties near Malibu High School, Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, and Point Dume Marine Science School. The District notified all parents. The work schedule may change depending on the weather. SMMUSD and CalRecycle are working together to protect students’ health while they are in school. During the debris removal process, the District will work with a certified industrial hygienist to monitor site-based air sensors for increased particulate matter. Site administrators will respond to changes in air quality and direct staff to reduce exposure. Measures will include reducing outdoor activity, keeping students indoors, and maintaining closed doors and windows. SMMUSD will continue to post daily air quality readings online. To see them, click on the “Daily Air Quality Rating” button on each school’s website. CalRecycle has also placed air samplers at the school sites that are tested at the lab for asbestos and heavy metals. They use the results as quality control on their clearing processes and share the results of these tests with the District.
For more information about fire debris removal, call 626-979-5370 or email WoolseyFire@dpw.lacounty.gov.