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 February 15. The deadline to complete fire debris removal is March 15. If debris removal has not been completed by March 15, the state will remove the fire debris from the property at the owner’s expense (up to $100,000) and a lien will be placed on the property.
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 February 15.
Option 2 - Local Fire Debris Removal Program