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Malibu Mayor Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner encourages residents who lost homes in the Woolsey Fire to sign up for either the state-run fire debris removal program or the local program ahead of the deadline to avoid steep penalties. The deadline for both programs is Thursday, Jan. 31.
“My home burned down in the Woolsey Fire, so I am going through the same difficult process as many of my friends and neighbors in Malibu are going through,” Wagner said. “I understand that when you have experienced a trauma like this, it is even more confusing and uncomfortable to go through such a complex bureaucratic process. But we must. You are not alone, there is help for you. We can get through this together.”
To date, only 30 percent of the nearly 500 properties in Malibu that were burned in the Woolsey Fire have signed up for fire debris removal. The deadline to complete fire debris removal is March 15, 2019. 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, which could cost at minimum $100,000 or much more, and a lien will be placed on the property.
For information on how to opt-in for the state sponsored program or sign up for the local program, visit the City Debris Removal Page at www.malibucity.org/debris.
The state program is a partnership with County of Los Angeles and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and other federal and state agencies in a joint program to facilitate the safe removal and disposal of fire debris and ash, at no out-of-pocket cost to the homeowner. To obtain this service, a homeowner must fill out a Right of Entry form allowing these agencies access to their property.
To get in-person assistance with signing up for debris removal, residents may visit LA County’s newly opened Debris Removal Operations Center, located at 26610 Agoura Road, Calabasas (near the 101 Freeway and Las Virgenes Road) between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays. At the DROC, residents can ask questions and get guidance about fire debris removal, learn how the process works and what the next steps are, and get help in filling out the applications.
Residents also can get in-person assistance at Malibu City Hall (23825 Stuart Ranch Road). LA County Public Works has a subject matter expert staffing an assistance desk from 9 a.m.-3 p.m Monday through Friday.
To get information about fire debris removal or assistance with applying over the phone, call LA County’s Woolsey Fire Recovery Hotline at (626) 979-5370.