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Hundreds of property owners in Camp Fire burn scar have not signed up for debris removal

Crews have been cleaning up Camp Fire debris for more than five months now, but not everyone has signed up to get their property cleared.

Posted: Jul 30, 2019 4:36 PM
Updated: Jul 30, 2019 4:36 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Crews have been cleaning up Camp Fire debris for more than five months now, but not everyone has signed up to get their property cleared.

Those who lost their home in the Camp Fire have one of two choices to get the property cleared. They can sign up for a right-of-entry form and get it cleared through the state or hire a private contractor.

As of right now, the town of Paradise has over 100 property owners who they have been contacting to get them to sign the right-of-entry form or sign up through a private contractor.

Town Manager Lauren Gill said some of those people did not even know they still needed to sign up.

Gill said if people do not sign up the town will take care of it and the property owner will be responsible for the extra bill.

“We will send out notices a formal notice and once the formal notice goes out then it goes through the process we will have a hearing, and there will be costs incurred the homeowner will have to pay for, it is just going to cost them more,” Gill said. 

Gill said it does not impact neighbors of those people at all, but encourages people to let their neighbors know if they have not signed up for a debris removal option.

There are less than 100 properties outside of the town of Paradise where people have not signed off on debris removal.

Those property owners are getting notices from Butte County.

If people do not sign up, then the county will also start an abatement process.

“In order to go on the property, clean up the fire debris and then ultimately lean the property for the cost of that cleanup," said Casey Hatcher, from Butte County. "That lean or amount of money will be the responsibility of the property owner.”

Hatcher and Gill both said it’s important to get the debris cleared in the town and county because it is not safe for people to be around.

The town and the county are starting to enforce the codes in August, and are keeping in working together to stay in contact about the process.

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