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Recovery Mode: More than 26k tons of Thomas Fire debris removed in Ventura County

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SCE crews working in Ventura neighborhoods. (KSBY File Photo) SCE crews working in Ventura neighborhoods. (KSBY File Photo)

More than 26,000 tons of debris has been removed from Ventura County over the last couple of months following the Thomas Fire

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) manages 41 private contractor crews who have been working to clear wildfire debris, such as soil, ash, metal, concrete and other materials. 

About 15,500 tons of the debris were ash and soil, more than 11,000 tons were of concrete, and 325 tons were from metal, coming to a total of 26,893. 

"CalRecycle is proud to work alongside our state and local partners to help clear this wildfire debris and give the resilient communities of Ventura County the opportunity to move forward," said Scott Smithline, CalRecycle director. "At the end of this debris removal process, homeowners can be confident in knowing their properties are clean, safe, and ready for rebuilding."

The Thomas Fire started Dec. 4 and has burned 281,893 acres, which became the largest wildfire in California state history.

When crews finish clearing the areas, CalRecycle says it will provide each property owner with a certificate that verifies the property's cleanliness and eligibility to receive a building permit from the county. 

CalRecycle says it hopes the removal work will be completed in April.
 

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