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Debris Removal after the 2024 Point Fire

Debris Removal for properties affected by the Point Fire

The 2024 Point Fire has had a devastating impact on Sonoma County. The County is preparing to support the community in debris removal. This page will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

Clearing properties includes two phases:

Phase 1: Household Hazardous Waste Sweep – completed by the State of California

Phase 2: Fire Debris Removal

Phase 2 is the removal of the remaining structural ash and debris as well as soil testing to ensure the site is clean, safe for rebuilding, and free of potentially leached toxins. Phase 2 cleanup can only initiate after the Phase 1 HHW Sweep is complete and the property owner has been given proper authorization to begin Phase 2.

There are two options for Phase 2. Property owners may choose to enter into the public Right of Entry (ROE) program in which contractors working with the state do the debris removal on your property. The second option is the private debris removal option in which property owners clean up their property with the use of contractors and appropriately certified personnel to meet the Debris Removal Requirements.

In the meantime, community members should refrain from entering the burn area footprint without personal protective equipment, and do not begin cleanup activities until proper authorization is provided. Hazardous debris after a wildfire can be toxic, and improper transport and disposal of fire debris can create dangerous health impacts throughout the community.