CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- On Monday the Environmental Protection Agency set up a staging area in Central Point to remove debris from the Almeda fire.
EPA spokesperson Mark MacIntyre tells NewsWatch 12 they're still in the process of getting the material consolidated on the site.
He says they're not sure how much hazardous waste they'll collect yet, but a crew of eight teams will be working on the removal process.
"It will take us probably two or three days of scouring the property and then bringing stuff back to get a better handle of what kind of volume we can expect over the next sixty days," MacIntyre said.
Once crews collect the debris, it will get re-sorted before going to a disposal site.
MacIntyre says residents should know that the staging area is not for personal use.
“We don’t want people to confuse our staging area with a household hazardous waste collection center, so that people roll up in their cars with their stuff in their trunk thinking that they can get rid of their household hazardous waste there – that’s not what it’s for.”
MacIntyre says they expect to be at the staging site for the next two months.