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.
Use LA County's list or interactive map to check on the status of your property.
- 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)
- Guidelines for Swimming Pools Impacted by Fire, Smoke, and Ash (City of Malibu)
- 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
- Returning Home After a Fire (LA County Dept of Public Health)
- Safe Cleanup of Fire Ash (State of California Air Resources Board)
- The United States Environmental Protection Agency
- The California Department of Toxic Control