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Household Hazardous Waste after the 2024 Point Fire

Household Hazardous Waste 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 clearing their properties so that rebuilding can begin. This page will continue to be updated as information and timing becomes available.

Clearing properties includes two steps:

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

Phase 2: Fire Debris Removal – may be completed by property owners after Household Hazardous Waste sweeps are completed through a state-run, public program, or privately.

Household Hazardous Waste Sweep

Phase 1 is mandatory for all properties that were included in the state damage assessment report. Phase 1 is the removal of household hazardous waste (HHW) – following an inspection of burned property – for materials that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, asbestos siding, and paints.

If you know your property has a locked gate, burned access bridge, or other barrier that may prohibit the State’s contractor from being able to gain entry to your property for Phase 1, please contact the Sonoma County Hazardous Materials Unit at (707) 565-2024, so that we may coordinate access in advance.

Community members should refrain from entering the burn footprint without personal protective equipment, and do not begin cleanup activities until authorized by the Department of Health Services, Environmental Health. Hazardous debris after a wildfire can be toxic, and improper transport and disposal of fire debris can create dangerous health impacts throughout the community.

Once Household Hazardous Waste has been removed, the property owner has the option to apply for a debris removal permit from Sonoma County’s Department of Health Services, Environmental Health. A state-run, federally funded public clean up program will also be available. More information on debris removal can be found on this webpage.