In August 2020, the CZU Lightning Complex, Carmel, River, Dolan Fires, and SCU Lightning Complex fire had a devastating impact on the Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. The State of California proclaimed a State of Emergency in for the fires on August 18, 2020.
EPA is providing support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and state and local partners in the ongoing joint response to the fires. Beginning September 9, 2020, FEMA activated EPA Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF-10) and issued Mission Assignments (MAs) under ESF-10 to support Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) assessments and removal at residential parcels.
HHW includes leftover household products that can catch fire, react, or explode under certain circumstances, or that are corrosive or toxic. This includes products such as paints, cleaners, solvents, oils, batteries, herbicides and pesticides. Following a fire, these products require special handling and disposal, particularly if their containers are compromised.
These efforts will reduce potential threats to public health and safety and allow safe removal of solid waste, debris and ash in the fire-affected areas. EPA will coordinate with cities and counties to keep communities informed about the status of the Agency's HHW collection activities.
Click here for a story map that shows in detail the status of EPA’s work on properties in the fire-affected areas of Monterey, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties.