Nearly 120 Properties Cleared of Woolsey, Hill Fire Debris

March 4, 2019
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — Nearly 120 residential properties affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires have been cleared by state contractors of burned metal, concrete, chimneys, ash and other debris, officials with the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) in Calabasas reported today.

To date, crews have cleared debris from 102 properties in Los Angeles County whose owners are participating in the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program and 17 properties in Ventura County.

Under the state program, administered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and CalRecycle, property owners who opt in incurno direct costs for the removal of eligible debris.  Debris removal operations on the 119 cleared sites followed earlier site assessments, asbestos surveys and, where necessary, asbestos abatements of those properties.

Further action on most cleared properties is pending the results of analysis within the next two weeks by a state-certified laboratory of soil samples collected at each property to determine whether the soil samples meet state health and environmental standards.

If the soil samples from a property meet state health and environmental standards, state contractors schedule the site for erosion control measures.  If soil samples from a site do not meet standards, contractors will scrape an additional three to six  inches of soil for additional testing and analysis.

To date, the state laboratory has approved 15 samples taken from properties in Los Angeles County and two in Ventura County, paving the way for state contractors to implement erosion control measures in areas of each of those properties that were disturbed during debris removal.

State contractors also continue to make progress in assessing properties enrolled in the state program, completing 716 in Los Angeles County and 96 in Ventura County.   Crews also have completed 662 asbestos surveys in Los Angeles County and 77 Ventura County.

During site assessments of properties whose owners have opted into the state program, contractors document and photograph property lines, the location of septic tanks, the footprints of foundations and ash, as well as objects that pose a hazard or hamper operations such as trees, pools and vehicles.

Contractors also have completed 716 asbestos surveys in Los Angeles County and 96 in Ventura County.

During the asbestos surveys, state contractors canvass each property for asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and collect samples of materials suspected of containing ACMs for testing.  Properties with ACMs are scheduled for abatement.  Those with no ACMs present are scheduled for debris removal.   Contractors also may tip standing chimneys for later removal.

So far, certified asbestos consultants have completed abatements on 69properties in Los Angeles County and nine properties in Ventura County.

To date, more than 850 of the nearly 1,000 property owners in Los Angeles and Ventura counties who submitted Right-of-Entry (ROE) permit application forms to participate and allow state contractors to access their properties have been determined eligible for the program.

Property owners who have submitted ROEs can meet one-on-one with debris removal experts from their respective counties to discuss the status of their ROEs and issues related to their property at the Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) located at 26610 Agoura Road in Calabasas.  The DROC is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Debris officials will notify property owners who have opted in to the state program 24-48 hours prior to the start of debris removal operations on their property.  Property owners may walk the property with crews before work begins.

For more information in Los Angeles County, visit lacounty.gov/LACountyRecovers or call 1-626-979-5370.  For more information in Ventura County, visit www.venturacountyrecovers.org  or call 1-805-504-7869.

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