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Late Submission Period for Right-of-Entry Forms from Hill and Woolsey Fire Survivors in Ventura County Open Until Feb. 15

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in conjunction with Ventura County and participating state and federal agencies, announced today that they would be extending the date and accepting Right-of-Entry (ROE) forms for the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program from property owners affected by the Hill and Woolsey Fires until Feb. 15, 2019.

Although the initial submission deadline was January 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 summary abatement procedures. Private cleanups are held to the same standards as the State program and require an approved work plan, available at https://www.venturacountyrecovers.org

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 their ROE permit application.  The ROE allows state contractors to access the property.

Property owners 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. 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 100 site assessments related to the Hill and Woolsey fires have been completed in Ventura County.

Property owners can obtain assistance completing their ROEs by meeting one-on-one with debris removal experts from their respective counties to discuss their concerns at the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) located at 26610 Agoura Road in Calabasas.  The DROC is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays.  ROE permit forms also can be submitted to the Ventura County Government Center, Environmental Health Division, 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura.

For more information in Ventura County, visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org or call 1-805-504-7869.

RJ Ghilarducci

RJ Ghilarducci is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). He joined the OES team to aid in 2018's Camp, Woolsey, Hill, and Holy Fire recoveries. He previously served on Governor Gavin Newsom's campaign, worked as a newspaper reporter, and coached Division 1 college football.

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