Debris Removal Programs
The Consolidated Debris Removal Program (Program) has two phases: removal of household hazardous waste and removal of other fire-related debris.
Phase I: Household Hazardous Waste Removal
In Phase I, local government, state, and federal agencies have organized teams of experts from the California State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) to inspect your property and remove any hazardous waste that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, herbicide, pesticide, propane tanks, asbestos siding, and paints, and e-waste. Phase I is automatic and includes both residential and commercial properties destroyed by the fire.
Dept. of Toxic Substances Control's Emergency Response Program is assessing and removing household hazardous waste and easily identifiable pieces of asbestos from homes and other structures destroyed in the incidents shown in the upper panel.
The dashboard lists total number of parcels impacted by the fire, number of parcels completed today, and number of parcels completed to-date. When the assessment and removal are completed on each parcel, the color will change to green. Green color indicates there is no follow-up necessary by DTSC HazMat crews for Phase 1.
Check out this video on how to navigate the Phase 1 Cleanup Map.
Phase II: Debris Removal and Property Clean-up
Option 1: Right of Entry (government-sponsored) Program
In Phase II, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and local officials coordinate with the State’s Debris Task Force and its Debris Management Teams (DMT) to conduct fire-related debris removal from your property if you have elected to participate in the program by completing and signing a Right-of-Entry (ROE) Form. To obtain this service the property owners must complete a Right-of-Entry form. Download the Right-of-Entry Form
Option 2: Alternative Fire Debris Removal Program (Alternative Program)
Property owners who do not qualify for, or who chose not to participate in, the Government-sponsored Debris Removal Program, must hire properly licensed private contractors and consultants to remove fire debris and clean up their properties.
An Alternative Fire Debris Removal Application form must be submitted, and a Work Plan must be approved by Plumas County Environmental Health prior to the commencement of work. Private debris removal is done at the homeowner’s expense and must meet the standards outlined for the Alternative Program. This includes compliance with all legal requirements for disposal, best management practices for activities on-site, proper transportation and documentation of waste, and erosion control.
Exempt Properties ( no destroyed structure greater than 120 square feet)
Properties without a destroyed structure greater than or equal to 120 square feet are not required or eligible to enroll in the Government Sponsored Debris Removal Program or the Alternative Debris Removal Program. On these properties, destroyed structures less than 120 square feet are considered non-qualified structures. You may complete the cleanup of the non-qualified structure on your own. To dispose of this material, you will need to apply for a Certificate of Disposal issued by the Debris Removal Center.