Last Day to Call October 2017 Wildfire Debris Information Phone Line With New Issues is May 16

This week, local, state and federal officials announced that debris operations in all Northern California counties impacted by the October 2017 is nearly complete. As part of the completion process the last day to call the Wildfire Debris Information Line is May 16, 2018. State and Federal partner agencies will continue to intake new and on-going debris removal mission to expedite survivors’ recovery process until that date.

The information line for debris removal operations began taking calls from survivors in November of 2017. The last day to call the wildfire debris removal information line for Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties with new inquiries or issues is May 16, 2018. After that date the number will continue to be staffed from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. to provide follow-up information and closeout with homeowners already in the queue.

The Debris Removal Information Line number is 877-875-7681.

All debris removal operations are expected to be concluded by May 31, 2018.

In response to the October 2017 wildfires, USACE received a debris removal/management mission from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Lake, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma and is 99% complete. The mission included the removal of ash and debris from damaged or destroyed parcels in the four-county area.

Since last year, USACE has cleared and returned more than 4,275 parcels to the counties or property owners to continue their recovery efforts. This monumental process included moving more than 2.2 million tons of debris in the process.

The following e-mail addresses will continue to accept questions about debris removal:

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Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, multiple wildfires, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017 and the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires. Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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