DEADLINES TO OPT-IN TO FIRE DEBRIS REMOVAL programs EXTENDED TO JAN. 31.
DEADLINE TO COMPLETE FIRE DEBRIS REMOVAL IS MARCH 15.
The deadlines to opt-in to the state fire debris removal program, and to opt-out and sign up for the local debris removal program have been extended to January 31. The deadline for Woolsey Fire debris removal, established in the emergency declaration by the County of Los Angeles on November 9, 2018, was set at March 15, 2019. Failure to comply will deem the property a public nuisance and will be subject to summary abatement proceedings to have the property cleared of the fire debris. There is no monetary penalty, however the cost of the debris removal will be charged to the property owner as a lien on the property. That could cost the property owner at minimum $100,000 and possibly much more. All of these actions are set by the County of Los Angeles.
OPTION 1 - STATE FIRE DEBRIS REMOVAL PROGRAM
The California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) will remove fire debris from homes that are damaged or destroyed under stringent environmental and public safety guidelines, at no out-of-pocket cost to the property owner. If the costs of debris removal exceeds the amount of debris removal insurance, the property owner will not be charged anything additional. If the property owner does not have debris removal insurance, the debris removal will be at no cost. Property owners are encouraged to contact their homeowners insurance providers, as any insurance proceeds for debris removal will be dedicated to off-set costs.
The ROE form is the application to opt-in to the state program. The form provides consent for debris removal teams to access the property. ROE forms must be submitted by January 31.
ROE Form - Sign Up for State Program - Click here for the Right-of-Entry (ROE) form.
FAQs - https://www.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/Woolsey-Fire-Consolidated-Program-General-Information-and-FAQs-1-18-19.pdf
Apply online: LACounty.gov/LACountyRecovers
Apply by phone: 888-CLEAN-LA (888-253 2652)
Apply in person: Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) located at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Building (30440 Agoura Rd, Agoura Hills), open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, or at the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) at 26610 Agoura Road, Calabasas (near the 101 Fwy and Las Virgenes Rd), is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Eligibility chart: https://www.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/Woolsey-Fire-Consolidated-Program-General-Information-and-FAQs-1-18-19.pdf
Option 2 - Local Fire Debris Removal Program
Local Program application: https://www.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/Local-Fire-Debris-Removal-Program-Application-11-17-19.pdf
Partially Burned/Damaged Structures: https://www.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/Fire-Debris-and-Ash-Removal-Application-for-Partially-Burned-Damage-Structures-01-02-19.pdf
Debris Cleanup Certification: https://www.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/Local-Fire-Debris-Removal-Program-Property-Clean-Up-Completion-Certification-01-03-19.pdf
NEW - Fire Debris Process https://www.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/Local-Program-Debris-Removal-Demo-Permit-Flow-Chart-01-11-19.pdf
New Fire Debris Removal Resources
Check the status of ROE and Local Program applications: https://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/WoolseyFire/ApplicationStatus.aspx
CA state’s cleanup process: https://www.lacounty.gov/wp-content/uploads/CalRecycle-Wildfire-Cleanup-Process-and-Order-of-Operations.pdf