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Toxic Substance Removal from Properties Burned by the Hopkins Fire Will Begin Next Week


The following is a press release issued by the County of Mendocino:

A home collapsed and burned as a result of the Hopkins Fire [PIcture taken by Matt LaFever]

The Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (DTSC), along with their contractor and County of Mendocino staff will be performing assessments and removal of household hazardous waste (HHW), bulk asbestos and e-waste from Hopkins Fire impacted properties from 11/2/2021 to 11/6/2021.

The DTSC Emergency Response Program oversees the cleanup of hazardous waste that is released after wildfires ravage residential and commercial properties. DTSC assists local, state, and federal agencies after major disasters, including wildfires and flooding, to remove household hazardous waste and other harmful substances, such as e-waste found on parcels and properties.

The contaminated debris is cleaned up and contained as quickly as possible to minimize exposure to emergency personnel, the public, the environment, and workers involved in restoration efforts.

Staff from DTSC’s Emergency Response Unit oversees contractors who remove household hazardous waste (HHW), asbestos, and e-waste from properties, impacted areas, or designated drop-off locations.

What is Household Hazardous Waste?

Examples of HHW include lead-acid and household batteries; compressed gas cylinders; bulk pesticides, fertilizers, and pool chemicals; paints, thinners, and aerosol cans; asbestos siding, pipe insulation, and tiles.

What is E-Waste?

E-waste can include cathode ray tubes (CRTs) from televisions, computers, and other electronic devices.

For more information, please contact the Disaster Recovery Team at (707) 234-6303 or



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Matt LaFever
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