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Woolsey Fire

 All Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are now closed

This information is intended to consolidate key information for those impacted by recent fires.   It is not a complete and comprehensive list of all recovery related issues.

Town Hall Meeting 12-6-18 (YouTube) regarding Fire Recovery and Preparation for Possible Debris and Mudslides

WOOLSEY WILDFIRE – TRASH AND FIRE DEBRIS REMOVAL

Woolsey Fire Important Deadline - Opt In/Opt Out Debris Removal Deadline

Source: LA County Public Health

Returning Home After A Fire
Precautions When Entering Areas Burned by Wildfires - LACoFD

There is a consolidated effort between the County of Los Angeles and the impacted cities to assist with the cleanup.  To assist, Los Angeles County would like to offer the following information:

Ash, debris, and fire damage on homes that have been red and yellow tagged may contain hazardous materials that can threaten public health.   The Los Angeles County Health Officer declared a Local Health Emergency on November 12, 2018, which prohibits the removal of fire debris until an inspection of the debris is conducted by federal, state or local hazardous materials agencies.   The Local Health Emergency also prohibits the delivery of debris bins in the affected areas without the approval from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The County of Los Angeles has requested state and federal assistance to expedite recovery activities and ensure the safe removal of hazardous waste and fire debris from red and yellow tagged homes damaged by the wildfires.

Fire Debris Includes:

- Burnt structural components
- Burnt household and personal items
- Foundation and contaminated soil

WOOLSEY FIRE CONSOLIDATED DEBRIS REMOVAL PROGRAM

The County of Los Angeles (County) has partnered with State and federal assistance to expedite recovery activities and ensure the safe removal of hazardous waste and fire debris from structures and properties damaged by the wildfires.  There are two phases to this State program:

Phase I – Hazardous Material Inspection and Removal - NOW COMPLETED
On Monday, December 3, the LA County Fire Department alongside teams from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) began assessing and removing household hazardous waste from properties burned by the Woolsey Fire.

Additional information can be found at lacounty.gov/LACountyRecovers

Phase II – Fire Debris Removal Operations (Government-Sponsored Program) - CURRENTLY UNDERWAY

Upon completion of Phase I, there are two options for fire debris removal from your property:

Option 1: Residents who opt-in for Government-Sponsored Program (Recommended)

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), in coordination with Los Angeles County Public Works, will provide Woolsey Fire debris removal at no cost to property owners.

The removal of non-hazardous fire debris is at no direct cost, but property owners must opt-in to the program by submitting a completed Right of Entry (ROE) form.  The form provides consent for debris removal teams to access a property.   The deadline to submit the ROE application has been extended until February 15, 2019

The ROE form is available at here or at lacounty.gov/LACountyRecovers under the Debris Removal section.    You can also call 626-979-5370. 

Property owners are encouraged to contact their homeowner’s insurance companies, as any insurance proceeds will be dedicated to off-set costs.

Submittals can be made in person at one of the Woolsey Fire Disaster Recovery Centers:

1) Debris Removal Operations Center, 26610 Agoura Road, Calabasas  
Operation Hours:  Monday - Friday,  8:00 am - 5:00 pm
                                          Saturdays, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon., or
2) Via email to woolseyfire@dpw.lacounty.gov

Other Program Information Documents:
Eligibility Guidelines - Consolidated Debris Removal 
Right of Entry Permit for Debris Removal on Private Property (01-16-19)
Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application (11-17-19)

CalRecycle Wildfire Cleanup Process and Order of Operations
Advisory Notice - Ash and Burn Debris Cleanup and Removal
General Information and Frequency Asked Questions

Option 2: Residents who opt-out of the Fire Debris Removal Program

Property owners are strongly encouraged to participate in the government-sponsored debris removal program as it will be a safer, streamlined process with no fee administered.   However, residents may choose to remove non-hazardous debris from their properties in the following ways:

• Self-clearance and self-hauling directly to a permitted landfill or other permitted solid waste facility.
• Self-clearance and use of roll-off bins or dumpsters by authorized waste haulers to remove debris for      disposal.
• Hiring a contractor for clearance and hauling. Residents are advised to select a contractor based on          their individual needs.

Property Owners will be required to submit a Local Debris Fire Removal Program Application, which includes submittal of a work plan for review and approval.

Documents:

Eligibility Guidelines - Consolidated Debris Removal
Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application
Fire Debris and Ash Removal Application for Partially Damaged Structures 01-02-19
Property Clean-Up Completion Certification 

Local Program Information and FAQ
Local Program Debris Removal Demo Permit Flow Chart  01-11-19
Debris Removal Partial Burn Application Flow Chart  01-11-19 

Applications must be submitted January 30, 2019, with removal of fire debris by March 15, 2019

Note:  Application requires final approval from the County of Los Angeles Public Works Director or designee

For questions on fire debris removal programs, contact 626-979-5370.   For additional fire-related resources, visit lacounty.gov/LACountyRecovers.

Take Precautions.  Be Safe.  Protect Your Health.  LA County Public Health

Returning Home After a Fire 

Precautions When Entering Areas Burned by Wildfires - LACoFD

Ash Clean-up in Areas Without Fire Damage

Ash, soot, dust, and other airborne particles may have been deposited inside and outside of homes and businesses. While ash from wildfires is relatively non-toxic, like ash that may be found in a home fireplace, it may be irritating to the skin, nose and throat. Exposure to ash in air may trigger asthmatic attacks in people who already have asthma. Ash, dust and debris (particularly from burned buildings) may contain toxic and cancer-causing chemicals, including asbestos, arsenic, and lead.

Do not let children play in or with items covered by the ash.

During clean-up, wear household dishwashing gloves, long-sleeved shirt and long pants to avoid skin contact. If you do get ash on your skin, wash it off with warm water and soap as soon as possible.

A disposable mask with a rating of N-95 or better, which can be purchased from a home/hardware store, can be worn during clean- up to avoid breathing in ash and other airborne particles. They  
do not protect from gases. N-95 masks must be properly fitted, with no gaps around the edges, for protection. An improperly fitted mask is the same as wearing no mask at all. Follow label
instructions on package for proper use. N-95 masks may make it harder to breath, especially for those with lung or heart disease.

Avoid getting ash into the air as much as possible. Do not use leaf blowers or take other actions that will put ash into the air. Gentle sweeping of indoor and outdoor surfaces, followed by wet mopping, is the best way to clean an area with ash.   A  solution of bleach and water may be used to disinfect an area, if desired. Read label on container for proper use.

Shop vacuums and regular household vacuum cleaners are not recommended to clean up ash.  These vacuums do not filter out small particles, but instead blow such particles into the air where they can be breathed.  However, HEPA-filter vacuums can filter out small particles and can be used.

Collected ash may be disposed of in the regular trash by placing it in a plastic trash bag first to prevent the ash from becoming airborne and blowing away as the trash can is later emptied.

Shower regularly throughout the day when cleaning in and out of areas with ash.

The County is now publishing REAL TIME Phase 2 debris removal status at this website:

https://calrecycle.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/f6062c59258a44e9842359bab39df39c

Property owners impacted by the Woolsey Fire who have questions about the hazardous waste removal process also can contact the Los Angeles County Fire Department at  (323) 890-4000, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Please check back periodically as information will be updated as it is received.

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