DEADLINE APPROACHING: What You Need to Know About Camp Fire Debris Removal

Ash and debris from the Camp Fire taken the night of November 8, 2018 on upper Skyway in Paradise

Butte County has opened a call center to contact property owners that need to fill out their "Right of Entry" forms that will give crews access to their properties for Camp Fire debris removal.

Posted: Jan. 19, 2019 5:15 PM
Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 7:03 AM

CHICO, Calif.-

Butte County has opened a call center to contact property owners that need to fill out their "Right of Entry" forms that will give crews access to their properties for Camp Fire debris removal. They will call property owners beginning today, January 21, 2019. 

Fire Debris Removal for Burned Structures

SOURCE: Butte County

Fire Debris Removal for Structures 120 sq. ft. or Larger

Step 1:Hazardous Waste (Phase I)
Phase I Debris Removal: U.S. EPA and California DTSC remove hazardous waste from your property. Phase I is automatic and mandatory for all properties.

You cannot remove any fire debris at this stage.

Step 2: Fire Debris from Structures (Phase II)
Phase II Debris Removal: Choose the Government Program or the Alternative Program to remove fire debris and remaining hazardous material from structures burned by the Camp Fire.
You cannot remove any fire debris at this stage. The State contractors or your contractor will remove fire debris from structures.

Step 3: Remaining Debris
Once Phase I and II are complete, you may dispose of remaining fire debris at the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility with a certificate from the Butte County Environmental Health Division.

Fire Debris Removal for Structures Less Than 120 sq. ft.

Step 1: Hazardous Waste (Phase I)
Phase I Debris Removal: U.S. EPA and California DTSC remove hazardous waste from your property. Phase I is automatic and mandatory for all properties.

You cannot remove any fire debris at this stage.

Step 2: Remove Remaining Debris
Phase II Debris Removal does not apply to your property. Once Phase I is complete, you can dispose of your burned debris at the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility with a certificate from the Butte County Environmental Health Division.

No Structures Burned on the Property
You can dispose of your non-structural fire debris now, such as vehicles, trailers, fencing, patio furniture, trees and shrubs, etc. Phase I and Phase II Debris Removal do not apply to your property. You can dispose of burned debris at the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility or an appropriate recycling facility. Small, burned items may be placed in your trash bin.

Certificate Required for Fire Debris Disposal at the Landfill

Starting January 7, the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility will accept debris from burned structures with a certificate from Butte County Environmental Health.

Environmental Health will verify Phase I (hazardous waste) is complete, and that your property does not have any burned structures greater than 120 square feet.

As a reminder: Property owners with burned structures larger than 120 square feet cannot remove any fire debris at this time. Fire debris can only be removed by the Government Program or by a qualified contractor in accordance with the Alternative Program. Disturbing any portion of the ash footprint from burned structures may disqualify you from the Government Program.

Learn more about both programs online by clicking THIS LINK.

If you have no damaged structures on your property, you can drop off miscellaneous non-structural, burned items from around your property without any certificate.

A community meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. with more information on the debris removal process. It is hosted by the Town of Paradise, along with support from Butte County and other local and state agencies. There will be a chance to turn in "Right of Entry" forms before the meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m at Calvary Chapel, 1888 Springfield Drive. 

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OROVILLE, Calif. - Butte County says less than half of the approximately 13,000 homeowners that need to opt-in or opt-out of the second phase of hazardous debris removal from the Camp Fire have responded so far.

A workshop to explain the debris removal process was held in Paradise Saturday, and another one will occur next Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and noon at the Terry Ashe Recreation Center at 6626 Skyway in Paradise.

The right-of-entry forms need to be turned in by January 31, 2019. Work will start on Phase 2 as early as January 28, 2019 for some neighborhoods where the majority of people have already turned in their forms.

Butte County Public Information Officer Casey Hatcher told Action News Now a call center will be opened on Monday at the county offices in Oroville. Operators will call approximately 6,500 homeowners to remind them to either opt-in to the program or opt-out.

She said the right-of-entry forms (ROE) is only needed for the government program. The paperwork gives the government the right to access your property and do the clean up.

If a homeowner opts out, they will need to pay a private contractor for the hazardous debris removal.

It is expected the second phase of the debris removal will be completed in one year.

If you have a structure of less than 120 square feet that burned during the fire you will be able to remove your burned debris at the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility, but you will need to arrive with a certificate from the Butte County Environmental Health Division.

(Please see the sidebar article for official information about fire debris removal)

Debris Removal Drop-In Information Session

Community members are invited to drop-in at their convenience to ask questions of specific agencies involved in debris removal.

Terry Ashe Recreation Center

6626 Skyway

Paradise CA 95969

10 am – 12 pm on Saturday, January 26

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