Sulphur Fire Damage Restoration for Two California Elementary Schools

School desks in a classroom


Project Type: Fire & Smoke Damage
Building Type: Educational Facility
Contact: DKI
Date of Loss: October 2017


The Sulphur Fire, one of the dozens of wildfires that devastated the state of California in October 2017, blazed for nearly three weeks and destroyed over 150 structures, while damaging several others. Included in those damaged were the Pomo and Burns Valley Elementary Schools of Konocti Unified School District.

The fire left contamination of smoke and soot throughout both campuses.


Two days after the Sulphur Fire had started, Dana Moore, Director of Services Maintenance/ Operations for the School Systems, called DKI onsite to deep clean and deodorize both campuses for their opening of classes that coming Monday, October 15. Together, this project was over 87,000 square feet.

With 20 of its employees spending an entire three-day-weekend, working 12 hours each day, the DKI team effectively restored both campuses, involving 60 classrooms, two kitchens, two libraries, two gymnasiums and 18 offices. They used 74 hydroxly generators, alongside 74 air movers, six air scrubbers, 55 gallons of Concrobium, over 200 pairs of gloves and over 1,600 microfiber towels.

The schools were able to open on time without a trace of fire or smoke damage. And, the teachers and staff of both schools were extremely grateful for DKI’s immediate response and quality work.