CCC Joined by FEMA Corps in Grizzly Flats Fire Recovery

CCC Chico Crew Leader Robert Vang places a straw wattle into place around a burned home in Grizzly Flats, as a FEMA Corps member gets ready to stake it into place.

The work to help our wildfire impacted communities does not end.

CCC Chico Corpsmembers have been laying straw wattle, rock bag, silt socks, and sandbags for nearly a month now.

On September 27, the crew began work in Grizzly Flats in El Dorado County, which was destroyed by the Caldor Fire.

On Thursday September 30, the crew received a boost of assistance from members of FEMA Corps, a partnership between Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps program.

fema corps corpsmember and ccc corpsmember talk about tools in photo

CCC Chico Corpsmember Jason Cleghorn, right, talks to a FEMA Corps member about how to use a McLeod hand tool during erosion control work in Grizzly Flats. 

Working side-by-side with CCC Corpsmembers, the FEMA Corps members learned what the CCC means by hard work and miserable conditions.

The Chico and FEMA Corps crews were installing erosion control materials around key locations in Grizzly Flats.

The measures—silt socks, straw wattle, and rock bags—are designed to keep toxic run-off from entering the the watershed.


fema corps members stake silt socks into place around burned home

FEMA Corps members stake green silt socks into place around the burned structure of a home.

The collaboration also shows the spirit of young people across the country.

The 10 FEMA Corps members weren’t necessarily from California, yet they were here to learn and lend a helping hand.

We appreciate the partnership and their time giving back to our California neighbors.

people standing around burned home where only chimney remains

Representatives from the Department of Water Resources and California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services assist CCC Corpsmembers and FEMA Corps members as they secure erosion control devices around a destroyed home.