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Ash, debris, and fire damage on homes that have been tagged red and yellow by County Building and Safety may contain hazardous materials that can threaten public health. Due to a declaration of a Local Health Emergency, the removal of debris is prohibited until an inspection of the debris is conducted by federal, state, or local hazardous materials agencies. Recovery activities have been expedited to ensure the safe removal of hazardous waste and fire debris of homes damaged by the wildfires.

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Local Fire Debris Removal Program

Los Angeles County Bobcat Fire and Lake Fire
Virtual Community Meeting
January 27, 2021

Phase I

Hazardous Material Inspection and Removal

In Phase I, local government, state and federal agencies have organized teams of experts from Los Angeles County Fire and California State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)to inspect impacted properties and remove any household hazardous waste that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment. Phase I is automatic and includes both residential and commercial properties that have been destroyed by the fires. Phase I is complete.

Household Hazardous Waste Assessment and Removal

Household Hazardous Waste Assessment Dashboard

Phase II

Fire Debris and Hazard Tree Removal Operations

In Phase II, CalOES, FEMA, and local officials will coordinate with the State’s Debris Task Force and its Debris Management Teams to conduct removal of fire debris and hazard trees from your property. There are two options available to property owners. Option One is for property owners who opt-in to the Government-sponsored Fire Debris and Hazard Tree Removal Program. Option Two is for property owners who opt-out of the Government-sponsored Fire Debris and Hazard Tree Removal Program.