Fire debris, ash and other contaminated materials from burned structures may be hazardous waste and can threaten public health. On November 12, 2018, the County Health Officer issued a Declaration of a Local Health Emergency and Order Prohibiting the Endangerment of the Community through the Unsafe Removal, Transport and Disposal of Fire Debris.
To ensure public safety and minimize further impacts on the environment, strict guidelines have been established for the removal of structural ash and fire debris. The Fire Debris Removal Process is divided into Phase I and Phase II.
Phase I was completed on January 25, 2019. Some properties may have been inaccessible due to locked gates or guard dogs. Contact LA County at 323-890-4000 if your property is not on the Phase 1 Inspections list or the Interactive Map, check Debris Removal Application Status.
To find out where your property is in the queue, call the County's Debris Removal Scheduling hotline at 805-819-8791.
- After the Disaster: What to Know and Do (LA County)
- Emergency Cleanup Guide for Wildfires (LA County Fire Department)
- Debris and Trash Removal Guideline (LA County Dept of Public Health)
- Debris Removal FAQs for Los Angeles and Ventura Counties (California Wildlife Statewide Recovery Resources)
- Debris Removal Hotline 626-979-5370 (LA County)
- Debris Removal Process for Option 1 (LA County)
- Debris Removal Website www.LaCounty.gov/LACountyRecovers
- Disinfection of Onsite Water Storage Tanks (LA County Dept of Public Health)
- Foundation Feasibility Report for Fire Damaged Structures
- Foundation Reuse After the Woolsey Fire
- Guidelines for Swimming Pools Impacted by Fire, Smoke, and Ash (City of Malibu)
- How to Clean Up Smoke and Soot from a Fire (LA County Dept of Public Health)
- Insurance Fact Sheet (State Department of Insurance)
- LA County Fire Department Unified Program Agency
- LA County Homeowner's Guide for Floods, Debris Removal and Erosion Control
- LA County Public Works - List of Authorized Waste Haulers
- NOTE: Only Malibu City-permitted haulers are allowed to work within city limits.
- LA County Public Works Advisory Notice - Ash and Burn Cleanup and Removal
- Leaf Blower Ban (City of Malibu)
- Returning Home After a Fire (LA County Dept of Public Health)
- Safe Cleanup of Fire Ash (State of California Air Resources Board)
- Temporary Wastewater and Potable Water (LA County Dept of Public Health)
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency
- The California Department of Toxic Control
- Wildfire Cleanup Process (CalRecycle)