Abandoned Ramona Burn Dump

Abandoned Ramona Burn Dump

The Ramona Burn Dump Site is a former solid waste disposal CERCLA Site located on the Palomar Ranger District of the Cleveland National Forest.

The Site was discovered following the 2007 Witch Creek fire when vegetation covering the Site was burned and revealed that cover material had eroded and exposed waste burn ash and debris at the Site.  The former Burn Dump was operated by the County of San Diego for the disposal of trash and rubbish from the community of Ramona and surrounding County areas from approximately 1948 to 1969 under special use permits issued by the Forest Service. 

Elevated levels of dioxins and furans along with the following heavy metals are present on the Site: antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, nickel, selenium and zinc.  These hazardous substances present a potential exposure hazard to human health and the environment.

The Forest Service has selected a removal response action for the Site in accordance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, 42 USC 9601 et seq., and, to the extent practicable, the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP).  The removal response action is documented in the Removal Action Memorandum document below.  There are also additional investigative reports included to support the selection of this response action. 

An Administrative Record, which includes all supportive documentation that forms the basis of this response action selection, is available for public review at the Ramona Public Library, located at 1275 Main Street, Ramona, California. 

(itemized reports and document links)

Questions regarding this CERCLA Site can be directed to On-Scene Coordinator, Noelle Graham-Wakoski at noelle.graham@usda.gov