Oregon Department of Transportation, USA
Rebuilding communities after a devastating wildfire.
Following the unprecedented Labor Day 2020 wildfires spanning the entire western tier of Oregon, the State of Oregon was left with a massive clean-up effort after the largest, most expensive disaster in its history. More than 1,000,000 acres burned and over 5,000 homes and businesses were destroyed.
Location: Western Oregon, United States of America
Date started: 2020
Completion date: 2023
Client type: Real estate
Key services: Advisory, controls and performance, expert opinion, programme management, programme strategy and set up, technology and data
Unprecedented project challenges
The immediate objective was to stabilise the situation, organise and commence debris and hazardous tree removal operations and clear properties and Right of Ways so rebuilding operations could begin and Oregonian’s lives could begin to return to normal.
Our team is working with multiple Oregon State agencies and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop the Debris Removal Operations Plan (DROP) that will be the playbook to implement and manage work with contractors.
The DROP is critical to ensure the project safely clears the ash and debris as quickly as possible, while adhering to federal, state and city environmental requirements, and respecting and protecting the historical, cultural, and tribal resources in the affected areas. The goal for this $633m programme is to leave the sites clean where Oregonians can rebuild.
Through the veil of tragedy, the wildfire debris removal monitoring programme has positively impacted thousands of lives throughout the state of Oregon over the past year, and has provided hope for the state’s residents, particularly during the global pandemic.
The programme has generated thousands of jobs across the state and resulted in an environmentally responsible and conscious response to the recovery of people, land and resources. The State of Oregon’s response, in cooperation with all the many stakeholders, has been respectful to the local indigenous people, waters of the state, endangered animals and the environment.