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A track loader worked in November on the demolition of a home that was destroyed in the Atlas Fire. County officials said this week that 85 percent of residential rubble from the October fires has been hauled off.

J.L. Sousa, Register file photo

About 85 percent of the ash and debris from more than 600 homes and structures destroyed in the Atlas, Nuns and Tubbs fires in Napa County has been hauled away.

Planning, Building and Environmental Services Director David Morrison gave the news Tuesday to the county Board of Supervisors. The progress is remarkable given the fires happened only four months ago, he said.

About 150,000 tons to 175,000 tons of debris have been removed, Morrison said.

Supervisor Diane Dillon said removing debris for each structure can mean 15 to 20 truck trips.

At a minimum of 15 truck trips per residence, that would mean more than 9,000 truck loads countywide.

Morrison’s estimate means about 85 percent of the fire debris-related truck trips on local roads are finished.

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Some of the debris has gone to the Clover Flat landfill near Calistoga. Public Works Director Steve Lederer said that will cut up to three years from the landfill’s life. Out-of-county landfills have also been used.

To put that into context, he said that the Clover Flat landfill before the fire had enough estimated room to last until 2050 and perhaps longer.

Most of the ash and debris removal is being overseen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Morrison said the Corps could finish its work by mid-March. In addition, about 100 property owners are doing the job themselves.


Napa County Reporter

Barry Eberling covers Napa County government, transportation, the environment and general assignments. He was worked for the Napa Valley Register since fall 2014 and previously worked 27 years for the Daily Republic of Fairfield. He is a graduate of UC Sa