The Role of the Corps

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is working in partnership with the local, state, and federal response to the November 2018 Northern California wildfire in Butte County. Our number one priority continues to be the life, health and safety of all who were affected by the fires.

USACE has deployed a team of engineers and subject matter experts from across the nation to the California State Emergency Operations Center to support the State and FEMA in the wildfire recovery efforts.

Under its current mission assignments from FEMA, USACE is assisting with the design for temporary housing sites for residents displaced by the fires.

USACE is also developing plans for a temporary debris handling facility that will support the State’s debris removal efforts by staging, reducing and transporting non-hazardous material (concrete and metal) for recycling and disposal.

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) is handling the private property debris removal mission. Information about the debris removal program is available by visiting California Wildfire Recovery.Org

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When disaster strikes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is prepared and ready to respond to natural and human-made disasters and overseas contingencies. 

When disasters occur, USACE teams and other resources are mobilized from across the country to assist our local districts and offices to deliver our response missions.

  • USACE has more than 50 specially-trained response teams supported by emergency contracts to perform a wide range of public works and engineering-related support missions.
  •  USACE uses pre-awarded contracts that can be quickly activated for missions such as debris removal, temporary roofing, commodities distribution, and generator installation.
  • Every year, USACE, as part of the federal government’s unified national response to disasters and emergencies, deploys hundreds of people to provide technical engineering expertise and to promote capacity development at home and abroad. 
  • In 2017, USACE had 5,731 personnel deployments in response to one or more of 59 disaster declarations.

Temporary Debris Handling Facility

Camp Fire Debris to be Transported to Locally-Based Facilities

SACRAMENTO - Today, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), CalRecycle, and Butte County, has determined there is no longer a need for a temporary debris handling facility for Camp Fire debris. After additional analysis regarding debris quantities and existing capabilities in the region, the State has determined there is adequate capacity to process concrete and metal at local facilities.

Due to this decision, the Consolidated Debris Removal Program for the Camp Fire will not use the Koppers industrial site as was proposed in the Environmental Assessment on Dec. 20, 2018 by USACE.

All concrete will be processed and either used for local projects or will be transferred outside the county for recycling. Locally-based facilities identified include Granite's Pacific Heights Recycling Facility in Oroville and the Franklin Neal Road Recycle Facility in Paradise for concrete and, for metal, the Odin Metal Processing Facility in Oroville.

Operational circumstances, unanticipated volumes, and other factors associated with a recovery operation of this magnitude may compel the debris removal process to utilize other regional facilities as well. The State remains committed to working with local partners and the community as these decisions are made.

USACE will continue to coordinate with Cal OES and FEMA on the temporary housing mission to accommodate the needs of Camp Fire survivors.

News Release: CalOES announces no longer need for TDHF facility related to Camp Fire

Koppers Temporary Debris Handling Facility EA
Environmental Assessment (Dec. 20, 2018)

News Release: Corps releases Environmental Assessment for proposed Oroville Temporary Debris Handling Facility