Oroville, California

Camp Fire: Construction and Operation of a Base Camp


The Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history, resulted in at least 85 civilian fatalities, and injured 12 civilians and 5 firefighters. It covered 153,336 acres and destroyed more than 18,000 structures, almost completely destroying the towns of Paradise, Concow, Magalia, and Butte Creek. The Federal and State of California cleanup response was broken into several contract packages to remove, process, and dispose of 5 million tons of materials at a cost of $3 billion. Odin was engaged under four contracts to support aspects of the overall response. Odin’s contributions to the Camp Fire cleanup included cleanup of residential lots, hazard tree felling in Paradise, construction and operation of a metals recycling facility, and construction and operation of a 1,500-bed temporary camp for cleanup workers.

Odin as the managing partner of a Joint Venture with another firm was contracted by the three prime contractors (Ceres Environmental, ECC, and SPSG JV) responsible for debris and hazard tree removal for the Camp Fire to build and manage a temporary housing site for workers. With hundreds of residents displaced by the fire, it was important that the minimal, available local housing stock could be accessed by displaced residents. The Base Camp filled the need for temporary housing and included a kitchen and recreation facility for the fire debris cleanup crews. Our scope of work included grading of procured land to stage and assemble temporary housing units/ dormitories; installing aggregate base rock for work pad and parking areas; and constructing temporary infrastructure facilities, including lighting, wastewater treatment plant, power generation, and water supply. Our team was also responsible for renting and assembling temporary housing units containing a total of 1,500 beds. Odin was also responsible for leveling the units, furnishing each unit, hooking up all necessary utilities, including water, sewage, electricity, internet, and cable TV. Also, our scope of work included management of the Base Camp including, but not limited to, security, check-in of residents, on site emergency medical services (EMS), on site safety officer, IT support, parking management, and other miscellaneous tasks to support the fire cleanup crew residents.

Project Highlights:

•60-acre site • Moved 50,000 CY of material • Imported and placed 40,000 tons of aggregate base • Constructed a wastewater treatment plant with 18 sewage lift stations • Constructed 34 housing units, two 3,000 SF recreation rooms, a 9,000 SF kitchen/ dinning facility, and an administrative office/ store


Frank Williams

Project Details

Start Date:

February 2019

End Date:

January 2020