Ash, debris, and fire damage on homes that have been tagged red and yellow 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.
LA County Recovers: Debris Removal
Recuperación del Condado de Los Angeles: Eliminar Los Escombros
LA County Recovers: Debris Removal (American Sign Language)
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 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.
In Phase II , CalOES, FEMA, and local officials will coordinate with the State’s Debris Task Force and its Debris Management Teams (DMT) to conduct fire - related debris removal from your property. There are two options available to residents. Option One is for residents who opt-in for the government-sponsored program. Option Two is for residents who opt-out of the Fire Debris Removal Program. View this video to help explain Phase II.