One of the thousands of properties in Butte County destroyed by the Camp Fire

With Deadline Approaching, Wildfire Survivors Are Urged To Sign Right Of Entry Form

Survivors who had property damaged or destroyed in the Camp Fire in Butte County have until Jan. 31 to opt in or out of the state’s consolidated debris removal program.

“It really is critical that we get as many people as we can to opt in so we have as clean of a neighborhood as quickly as we can,” said Alex Pal, Chief Counsel for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

In order for property owners to opt in and take advantage of the state’s debris removal program, a Right Of Entry (ROE) form must be signed and returned by the January 31st deadline.

“The whole point of this is to clear it out, remove the threat and then allow the community to get back on its feet,” said Pal.  “One of the primary benefits to the consolidated debris removal program is that from a community standpoint it makes sense.  You’re cleaning up as much of the debris as possible in a synchronized manner.  You have trucks going in the right direction based on the incident command.  There’s a system in place, it’s a well-oiled machine and it’s done in a manner that you know will be ultimately approved by the county so that you can rebuild.”

To date, over 5,714 Right of Entry forms have been received in Butte County, representing 42% of the 13,000 parcels eligible for the state consolidated debris program.

By comparison, there were 5,743 Right of Entry forms turned in following the October, 2017 wildfires in Northern California.

Property owners who have questions about Right Of Entry forms are encouraged to get those questions answered either in person at a Right of Entry Center or by emailing DebrisQuestions@CalOES.Ca.gov

More information on debris removal and the state’s consolidated debris removal program can be found here.

Bryan May

Bryan May is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. Prior to joining Cal OES in 2017, Bryan spent 30 years as an Emmy award winning television anchor and reporter.

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