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Cleanup & Debris Removal by CalRecycle will Begin Soon

Pawnee, Ranch and River Fire Debris Removal: ROEs due September 28

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. (September 14, 2018) – Wildfire debris removal by CalRecycle will begin soon.  The State-coordinated program is available to property owners affected by the Pawnee, Ranch and River Fires.

This program offers the opportunity for owners to prepare their property for rebuilding with no up front, out-of-pocket cost.  Participants are only responsible to file an insurance claim for the work performed by the State program, and retain and submit any insurance funds received for the program’s debris removal services at a later date.  Keeping and profiting from insurance money received for work performed by a public program is a “Duplication of Benefits”, a form of insurance fraud.

Those who wish to participate in the debris removal program must submit a Right of Entry (ROE) form to the California Office of Emergency Services’ (CalOES) Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) or Lake County Environmental Health by Friday, September 28.

Pawnee, Ranch and River Fire survivors with concerns or questions regarding the State’s program are encouraged to visit CalOES’ DROC, which is located at 898 Lakeport Blvd, next to Lake Family Resource Center and across from O’Meara Bros., in Lakeport.

The DROC is open Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm, and Saturday, September 22, from 8am-1pm.  Property owners can get all of their questions answered by trained personnel and complete and submit their ROE.  The DROC will be closed Saturday, September 15.

Wildfire debris is hazardous to public health.  If a property owner elects not to participate in the State’s program, they are still responsible to ensure that the debris is removed in a safe and timely manner, and the property is cleaned to a degree consistent with the standards of the government program.

Some private contractors offer debris removal services.  If a property owner elects to use a private contractor, they still must reach out to Lake County Environmental Health, at 707-263-1164.  In some cases, private contractors require that the property owner bear significant out-of-pocket costs, so it is highly recommended that property owners work with County Environmental Health to develop an actionable plan for debris removal in advance of the September 28 ROE deadline.  

Failure to remove wildfire debris that presents a threat to public health in a timely manner may result in the property being subject to abatement, which is typically the most costly option for a property owner.  Whatever their concerns, Pawnee, Ranch and River Fire survivors are advised and encouraged to be proactive in this matter, and reach out to the DROC or County Environmental Health with any questions.

The ROE can be viewed and printed online:
http://www.lakecountyca.gov/Assets/Departments/Health/EH+docs/Mendocino+Complex/Mendocino+Complex+Right+of+Entry.pdf

CalOES’ Debris Removal Operations Center can be reached at 669-284-4501.

Lake County Environmental Health is located at 922 Bevins Ct., Lakeport, and can be reached at 707-263-1164.

Pawnee, Ranch and River Fire Survivors in need of support understanding their options can also reach out to the County’s Recovery Coordinator, Nathan Spangler, at 916-521-7108.