Update to Phase 2 Debris Removal Requirements and Dates from Louay Toma

I am writing with an update on SCU Complex Fire debris removal in Santa Clara County.  Phase 1 removal of household hazardous waste has now been completed on all qualifying properties in the County. This is a significant achievement, and we sincerely appreciate your partnership in this cleanup process. The completion of Phase 1 helps to ensure that the health of the community and the environment are protected from the most toxic wastes caused by these wildfires.

 Phase 2 site assessments and removal of remaining structural fire debris and hazard trees are now underway in Santa Clara County. Due to heightened COVID-19 restrictions, the State and County have extended the deadline for property owners to submit their Phase 2 debris removal applications to February 1, 2021. Owners of private property with structures that were damaged or destroyed by the wildfires MUST submit one of the following applications to the Department of Environmental Health by February 1, 2021: (1) a Right of Entry Form to enroll in the publicly-funded Consolidated Debris Removal Program (strongly recommended), (2) a Private Contractor Debris Removal Application to conduct cleanup at property owner expense, or (3) an application for a conditional exemption for certain qualifying properties.

You can obtain Phase 2 application forms and additional information at EHInfo.org/FireDebris. If your property does not have or was already cleared of structural wildfire debris, please contact the Department of Environmental Health as soon as possible at DEHWildfire@cep.sccgov.org or (408) 918-3411 to discuss certification of cleanup or clearance for your property.

Please do not delay in submitting your Phase 2 application.  Losses from the wildfires have been devastating, and the purpose of the publicly funded Consolidated Debris Removal is to prevent you from shouldering the cost of cleaning up dangerous ash and debris on your property.  Submitting a Right of Entry Form to participate in this publicly funded program allows debris removal to occur on your Property with minimal effort and at no direct cost to you. The State is now working with residents to schedule times for site assessments and cleanup. You will not be required to pay anything out of pocket, and you will only be asked to reimburse the cost of the cleanup if and to the extent your insurance policy covers the debris removal work. By contrast, failure to submit a Phase 2 application by the February 1, 2021 deadline for property with structural fire debris may result in an enforcement action to ensure cleanup of ash and debris on your property, and you will be required to reimburse the County for the costs it incurs.

Please reach out the Department of Environmental Health at (408) 918-3411 or DEHWildfire@cep.sccgov.org with any questions or concerns about Phase 2 requirements on your property.

I am writing with an update on SCU Complex Fire debris removal in Santa Clara County.  Phase 1 removal of household hazardous waste has now been completed on all qualifying properties in the County. This is a significant achievement, and we sincerely appreciate your partnership in this cleanup process. The completion of Phase 1 helps to ensure that the health of the community and the environment are protected from the most toxic wastes caused by these wildfires.

 Phase 2 site assessments and removal of remaining structural fire debris and hazard trees are now underway in Santa Clara County. Due to heightened COVID-19 restrictions, the State and County have extended the deadline for property owners to submit their Phase 2 debris removal applications to February 1, 2021. Owners of private property with structures that were damaged or destroyed by the wildfires MUST submit one of the following applications to the Department of Environmental Health by February 1, 2021: (1) a Right of Entry Form to enroll in the publicly-funded Consolidated Debris Removal Program (strongly recommended), (2) a Private Contractor Debris Removal Application to conduct cleanup at property owner expense, or (3) an application for a conditional exemption for certain qualifying properties.

You can obtain Phase 2 application forms and additional information at EHInfo.org/FireDebris. If your property does not have or was already cleared of structural wildfire debris, please contact the Department of Environmental Health as soon as possible at DEHWildfire@cep.sccgov.org or (408) 918-3411 to discuss certification of cleanup or clearance for your property.

Please do not delay in submitting your Phase 2 application.  Losses from the wildfires have been devastating, and the purpose of the publicly funded Consolidated Debris Removal is to prevent you from shouldering the cost of cleaning up dangerous ash and debris on your property.  Submitting a Right of Entry Form to participate in this publicly funded program allows debris removal to occur on your Property with minimal effort and at no direct cost to you. The State is now working with residents to schedule times for site assessments and cleanup. You will not be required to pay anything out of pocket, and you will only be asked to reimburse the cost of the cleanup if and to the extent your insurance policy covers the debris removal work. By contrast, failure to submit a Phase 2 application by the February 1, 2021 deadline for property with structural fire debris may result in an enforcement action to ensure cleanup of ash and debris on your property, and you will be required to reimburse the County for the costs it incurs.

Please reach out the Department of Environmental Health at (408) 918-3411 or DEHWildfire@cep.sccgov.org with any questions or concerns about Phase 2 requirements on your property.

Thank you,

Respectfully,

Louay Toma CEM, MPA

Emergency Management

Santa Clara County Fire Department

Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Management

Office (408) 808-7800

 

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