The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in conjunction with Butte County and participating state and federal agencies, announced today that they would be extending the date and accepting Camp Fire survivor’s Right-of-Entry (ROE) forms for the Consolidated Debris Removal Program until Feb. 15, 2019. Although the initial submission deadline was Jan. 31, 2019, officials are allowing limited additional time for late submissions to accommodate survivors who are still working through this part of their recovery process.
It is critical for all property owners with structures significantly damaged by the fire to clear their debris, either by signing up for the state’s consolidated debris removal program or by cleaning the debris privately to avoid creating a public health nuisance and being subject to nuisance abatement procedures.
Property owners participating in the state-ran program incur no direct costs for the removal of eligible debris, including ash, metal and concrete, as well as foundations. Interested property owners, including those who do not have debris removal insurance coverage, simply need to complete and submit to Public Works their ROE permit form. The ROE allows state contractors to access the property.
Those who have opted-in will be notified 24-48 hours prior to the start of debris removal operations on their property. They may walk the property with crews before work begins and be on site during the process.
The state’s program has advanced to Phase II site assessments and asbestos surveying after completing Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) sweeps on over 13,000 properties.
Site assessments include photos and documentation of property lines, the location of septic tanks, the footprints of foundations and ash, as well as trees, pools, vehicles and other objects that pose a hazard or hamper operations.
State contractors also canvass for asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and collect samples of materials suspected of containing ACMs for testing. Properties with ACMs will be scheduled for abatement. Those with no ACMs present will be scheduled for debris removal. Contractors also may tip standing chimneys for later removal.
To date, more than 2,000 site assessments and 1,500 asbestos surveys related to the Camp Fire have been completed in Butte County.
Property owners can obtain assistance completing and turning in their ROEs by meeting one-on-one with debris removal experts from Butte County to discuss their concerns at the ROE Center located at 202 Mira Loma Drive in Oroville, open Monday – Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Residents can find ROE forms and more related information online at Buttecountyrecovers.org/agencies/debrisremoval or by calling 530-552-3155.