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Wildfire Debris with Asbestos from Boles Fire

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The Incident

On September 15, 2014, a wildfire known as the Boles Fire ignited near Weed, California — a small town 50 miles south of the Oregon border. With the hard work of over 1,000 firefighters, the fire was contained five days later, having burned 479 acres and destroying 150 residences, a sawmill and a church. Driven by high winds and extremely dry conditions, the fire forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 people in the area — happening so quickly all residents could do was flee. Fire bombers were used to drop retardant over the burning town.

The Response

Once the fire was contained, the cleanup efforts began. Personnel from the Dry Creek Landfill were called in to meet with government officials from Weed, as well as representatives from CalRecycle, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies. Dry Creek was contracted to assist in the management of over 19,000 tons of debris, including the disposal of all fire debris materials, some of which contained asbestos.

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Key Stats

  • Wildfire burned 479 acres and destroyed more than 150 structures
  • Disposal of 19,000+ tons of materials, some containing asbestos