Debris Removal For Fire Victims Available

Nov 9, 2017

Property owners who lost homes or had other structures destroyed by the October firestorms can have their properties cleaned of any hazardous waste and debris at no out-of-pocket cost through a program being offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. However, they must act quickly. The state of California’s Office of Emergency Services has set the deadline to sign up for the program by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

In order to qualify for the program, owners must sign and submit a Right-of-Entry (ROE) form, granting permission for contractors hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean their property of fire-related debris. Property owners who have insurance are only liable for the cost of clean up to the limits allowed by their insurance policy. The program is free for those without insurance.

The debris removal is required by law. Property owners can also opt to hire their own contractors and pay for debris removal themselves. Under this option, they are required to complete and submit the private cleanup application.

According to Cal OES, Property owners who fail to clean up their properties will be subject to nuisance abatement proceedings.

Right-of-entry forms are available here: