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Staff Report
6:19 am PST December 11, 2018

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in coordination with Los Angeles County Public Works, offers debris removal for homes destroyed by the Woolsey Fire at no cost to property owners and residents.

The removal of non-hazardous fire debris applies to destroyed residential homes with a maximum of one wall standing. It also applies to mobile homes, vehicles and boats on a property where a home was destroyed. For a full list of eligible debris, visit lacounty.gov/lacounty
recovers.

To opt in to the program, property owners must submit a Right of Entry form which provides consent for debris removal teams to access a property.

The form can be accessed online at lacounty.gov/lacountyrecovers; by phone at (888) 253 2652; and in person at the Disaster Recovery Centers, located at Malibu Courthouse (23525 Civic Center Way).

Property owners also are encouraged to contact their homeowners insurance providers, as any insurance proceeds for debris removal will be dedicated to offset costs.

Now through Dec. 31, property owners can submit ROE forms in person at Malibu’s Woolsey Fire DRC or via email to wool
seyfire@dpw.lacounty.gov. 

Before the removal of non-hazardous fire debris begins, teams from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and Los Angeles County Fire Department must complete their removal of household hazardous waste; this work began Dec. 3 and does not require consent from property owners.

Property owners are asked to assist by unlocking and opening gates to accommodate the inspections and hazardous waste removals. Once the work is completed, a yellow clearance placard will be posted to indicate that a property has been cleared of hazardous waste

Property owners impacted by the Woolsey Fire who have questions about the hazardous waste removal process can contact the LA County Fire Department from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at (323) 890-4000.

For more information on fire debris removal programs, call (888) 253-2652. For additional fire-related resources, visit lacounty.gov/lacountyrecovers.

News Briefs are compiled by Editor Lauren Coughlin, lauren@malibusurfsidenews.com.