All seven Stanislaus County properties participating in state's Consolidated Debris Removal Program returned back to county officials to begin permitting process for reconstruction.
SACRAMENTO – All seven properties in Stanislaus County whose owners enrolled in California's statewide Consolidated Debris Removal Program have cleared the entire debris removal process and been returned to county officials to begin the permitting process for reconstruction.
The return to county officials of the final outstanding property by state debris officials makesStanislaus County the second county in the Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto area with every participating property returned as ready for the start of the permitting process. Earlier, debris officials returned the only participating property in Yolo County to local officials.
In addition, debris removal officials have returned 115, or 92.7 percent, of 124 properties in Solano County participating either in the full debris removal program or the hazardous trees only element of the program, as well as eight of 10 participating properties in Nevada County to local officials.
Properties are returned to officials in their respective county after the abatement of bulk quantities of asbestos containing materials; the removal of burned metal, concrete, ash and contaminated soils; confirmation by a certified laboratory that soil samples taken from the property meet state health and environmental standards; the implementation of erosion control measures; the removal of hazardous trees; and a final walkthrough by state debris officials to make sure debris removal operations on the property meet the standards of the program.
To date, debris officials have returned 2,307, or 51.4 percent, of 4,490 properties throughout the state whose owners chose to participate in the full debris removal program or the hazardous trees only element to their respective county to begin the permitting process.
In 2020, over 8,000 climate-induced wildfires burned 4.2 million acres of California, destroying more than 5,700 homes. Property owners incur no direct costs for participation in the state-managed clean up and recovery program, administered by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) in collaboration with 25 participating counties.
Major Clearing Work: 98 Percent Complete
To date, the remains of 2020 wildfire survivors’ homes and property -- burned metal, concrete, ash, and contaminated soil -- have now been cleared from 98.4 percent of the properties enrolled in California’s statewide Consolidated Debris Removal Program. Most properties still need critical soil testing, erosion control, and hazard tree removal to ensure the lots are safe for families to rebuild.
Wildfire survivors had the option to either use their own contractor or enroll in the state-managed program. Of the 5,991 properties with damage from the 2020 fires, 3,836 signed up to have the remains of their homes and other structures cleared by the state. An additional 654 properties opted to participate in the hazardous trees only element of the program.
As of August 11, 2021, state-managed crews cleared burned metal, concrete, ash and contaminated soil from 3,773 of the properties throughout the state participating in the full debris removal program.
In Solano County, crews have removed eligible debris from all 116 properties taking part in the full program. Crews also have cleared debris from all 10 participating properties in Nevada County properties participating in the full program; all seven participating properties in Stanislaus County; all six participating properties in Yuba County; all four participating properties in Plumas County; and the only participating property in Yolo County.
Steps Left to Complete
Before homeowners can begin rebuilding, cleared properties need additional work including:
· Separate contractors collect soil samples for verification at a state certified laboratory that they meet state environmental health and safety standards.
· Contractors next may install erosion control measures.
· Certified arborists or professional foresters assess wildfire-damaged trees in danger of falling on the public or public infrastructure for removal by separate contractors.
· Finally, state officials inspect the property to verify all completed work meets state standards. Debris officials submit a final inspection report to local officials to approve the property for reconstruction.
Property owners can track the above data on the Debris Operations Dashboard for the 2020 statewide wildfires. The dashboard is updated every hour and provides users with the ability to search by county or address.
* Data as of August 11, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.