Fresno County Begins Process of Creek Fire Clean Up

PG&E utility workers and crews are working to repair damaged power lines and clear debris. (Courtesy of Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig)

Fresno County assessment teams are near completion with surveying all 550 properties that were damaged during the Creek Fire.

County officials will be able to expedite the clean up and rebuilding of homes and businesses once more information on the damage and amount of debris is gathered.

The state is currently assisting Fresno County for property owners with destroyed buildings. Property owners are advise to not disturb or enter their buildings due to debris and hazardous materials.

Homeowners and property owners may be disqualified to apply for State debris removal programs if they choose to disturb affected properties.

With many burned or downed trees in the area, Fresno County officials are also advising residents to stay clear of these hazardous trees; for them to contact their insurance company and a licensed arborist.

The county has positioned disposal bins for small debris in certain areas. Once residents return to their properties, they can dispose small items which includes: foot waste, household trash, and e-waste items.

The bins are available 24 hours a day at the following locations:

  • Auberry Elementary School: 33367 Auberry Road, Auberry, CA 93602
  • Pineridge Elementary School: 45828 Auberry Road, Auberry, CA 93602
  • Shaver Lake Library/Community Center: 41344 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, CA 93664
  • Bald Mountain Fire Department: 41967 Auberry Road, Auberry, CA 93602
  • Granite Ridge County Water Tanks: 42014 Granite Ridge Road, Shaver Lake, CA 93664
  • Shaver Lake Transfer Station: 42089 Dinkey Creek Road, Shaver Lake, CA 93664
  • S/E Corner Bretz Mill Road and Highway 168: Shaver Lake, CA 93664
  • Big Creek Elementary: 55190 Point Rd. Big Creek, CA 93605
  • Shaver Lake Point: 41185 Tollhouse Road, Shaver Lake, CA 93664
  • Shaver Springs Community Mailboxes: 41185 Tollhouse Rd. Shaver Springs Road/Tocaloma Road, Auberry, CA 93602

Listed below are items residents or property owners are advise not to dispose in these bins:

  • Burned or charred fire debris, trees, etc.
  • Household Hazardous Waste (Pesticides, Herbicides, Flammables, etc.)
  • Universal Waste (Batteries, Fluorescent Tubes/Bulbs)
  • Medications/Medical Waste
  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Appliances (Refrigerators, Freezers, Washers, Dryers)
  • Mercury-Containing Items
  • Household and Landscape Chemicals
  • Paints and Solvents
  • Building Materials such as asbestos and treated wood
  • Automobile-Related such as antifreeze, batteries, motor oil, and tires
  • Other including compressed gas cylinders, propane tanks, needles and sharps, and nonempty aerosols.

For more information on these bins, visit