Debris Removal

 

Debris removal operations are underway in Trinity County. Phase 1 Debris Removal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) at properties affected by the August Complex fire started on November 3, 2020. Phase 2 - removal of remaining burn debris – is scheduled to begin on December 1, 2020. Property owners are urged to participate in Phase 2 as it results in removal of wildfire debris at no out-of-pocket cost to the property owner. Owners choosing to opt-out of Phase 2 assume the responsibility of removing debris at their own expense. Property owners who wish to participate in Phase 2 must complete a Right-of-Entry (ROE) Form. ROE forms have been mailed to property owners and lease lot holders. The deadline to submit a ROE form for the Debris Removal Program is December 15, 2020.


On September 29, 2020 the Trinity County Board of Supervisors ratified a Proclamation of a Local Health Emergency by the Trinity County Health Officer of a local heath emergency due to hazardous debris resulting from the August Complex fire. 

Why do I have a red tag on my property? 

Kristy Anderson of Trinity County Environmental Health shares important information red tags and the hazards associated with fire debris.

Debris Removal

Phase 1 Debris Removal

Phase 1 debris removal consists of the survey, collection and disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) at properties affected by the August Complex fires. Phase 1 Debris Removal will be led by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). 

California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) will be assisting the County and property owners impacted by the August Complex Fire. This help will consist of two phases.  Phase one is removal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from the properties effected, starting on November 2, 2020.  This will be followed up with phase two – removal of remaining burn debris – in cooperation with property owners, CalRecycle (California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery), CalOES (California Office of Emergency Services), and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

HHW must be handled separately from and prior to addressing other burn debris.  Further, neither HHW nor burn debris can be taken to local landfills.  Because HHW is dangerous, Residents are strongly urged to leave all HHW in place and to not remove any HHW or damaged containers of HHW from their properties.  HHW includes unused or leftover portions of products that contain toxic chemicals.  Products labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable, or Corrosive are considered hazardous.  See below list for examples of HHW. 

Because of the hazards of HHW to the Community, HHW must be cleaned up.  This may include the need to enter the property without the owner’s permission with the sole intent of removing HHW, which is permitted by the County’s emergency declaration, and State/Federal Law. 

Following the HHW removal, County Staff will be in contact with all property owners to initiate phase two for removal of the remaining burn debris from the property.  County, State, and Federal workers will not enter a property for burn debris removal without the express written consent of the home owner, unless it meets the HHW criteria as stated above

As all other burn debris removal needs homeowner’s permission, it is critical that all effected owners contact the County immediately to begin this phase two process.

Examples of Household Hazardous Waste:

• Aerosols
• Antifreeze
• Solvents 
• Auto Batteries 
• Auto Fluids
• Used Oil and Oil Filters
• Household Cleaners
• Fertilizer 
• Pesticides• Latex / Oil-Based Paint
• Pool Chemicals
• Propane Tanks (less than 30 gallon)

 

Phase 2 Debris Removal 

In Phase II, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and local officials coordinate with the State’s Debris Task Force and its Debris Management Teams (DMT) to conduct fire-related debris removal from your property if you have elected to participate in the program by completing and signing a Right-of-Entry (ROE) Form.

To obtain this service the property owners must complete a Right-of-Entry form. Right of Entry forms can be mailed to the address on the form. A 'wet' signature is required.

Owners are urged to participate in Phase 2 as it results in Removal of Wildfire Debris at no out-of-pocket cost to the Owner (notwithstanding any provision outlined in 44 CFR § 206.191 “Duplication Of Benefits.”). Owners choosing to opt-out of Phase 2 assume the responsibility of removal of debris at their own expense and consequence.
The Owner or designee must execute a required Right of Entry Permit in order to participate in Phase 2. Owners may opt-out of participation in Phase 2 provided they comply with the requirements set forth in the urgency ordinance.

 

 

Video: Phases of Debris Removal

 

Questions and Answers from the Commnuity Meeting held in Mad River on November 12th:

Hazard Trees

1) USFS Hazard Trees - What about hazard trees on USFS land adjacent to property?

    CalOES is working with USFS on coordinating tree removal from USFS lands. If you know of hazard trees on USFS land, please report to the county (Call 530-623-8223).

2) Hazard Trees on land adjacent to PG&E power lines - Issues around PG&E cleaning up poles and trees, but leaving slash?

    Contact county to coordinate resolution with PG&E (530-623-8223).

3) Non Hazard trees- Will all surrounding trees also be removed?

    Whether a tree is considered a hazard or not will be assessed by an arborist. This is not a clear cut type process. Specific hazard trees will be identified for removal. If you think that a contractor is marking trees inappropriately, there is a process to report that. Report to the county (Call 530-623-8223)

    County is responsible for trees on easements adjacent to county roads.

Water Quality

4) Guidance for water?

    Water is governed by the CA Water Board. If you have a water system that has been impacted, be sure to apply for FEMA assistance. There is also potential for grant funding from the state for post-fire septic repair.

5) Water testing?

    If you have concerns about your water source, call Environmental Health at 530-623-1459. They can test if warranted. 

6) Barry Creek - My property gets water from a spring above Barry Creek. Should I be concerned?

    If your spring is above Barry Creek, it is okay, but you should still filter your water.

FEMA Assistance

7) FEMA Assistance - Does it include assistance for wells, septic tanks?

     Yes. Deadline to apply for FEMA Assistance is November 21st.

8) FEMA Assistance - How do you know if you have been approved?

    You would have chosen a primary notification method when you registered ((phone, email, etc.) or you can call the FEMA help line to check on the status of your application.

Debris Removal

9) What are the markings on cleaned up properties?

     White paint - notification for next phase (i.e., empty containers (MT). Pink - suspicion of asbestos. Green - Vehicles for removal and DMV processing. Orange - On ground, waddle placement.

10) Erosion concerns - Will Phase 2 include erosion controls?

      Yes, erosion controls may include straw waddles, compost socks. Can also apply for FEMA assistance with erosion control.

11) Lease Lots, ROEs - Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District (HBMWD) - As a public entity, HBMWD has multiple options for debris removal.

       Lease Lot Holders should still submit Right of Entry forms, since HBMWD may hold the property, but Lease Lot holders own the structure and personal property. 

 

Here is some guidance for Debris removal during Wildfire events

 

On September 29, 2020 the Trinity County Board of Supervisors ratified a Proclamation of a Local Health Emergency by the Trinity County Health Officer of a local heath emergency due to hazardous debris resulting from the August Complex fire. 


 

Why do I have a red tag on my property? 

Kristy Anderson of Trinity County Environmental Health shares important information red tags and the hazards associated with fire debris.

 


Debris Removal

Phase 1 Debris Removal consists of the survey, collection and disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) at properties affected by the August Complex fires. Phase 1 Debris Removal will be led by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). 

California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) will be assisting the County and property owners impacted by the August Complex Fire. This help will consist of two phases.  Phase one is removal of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from the properties effected, starting on November 2, 2020.  This will be followed up with phase two – removal of remaining burn debris – in cooperation with property owners, CalRecycle (California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery), CalOES (California Office of Emergency Services), and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

 

HHW must be handled separately from and prior to addressing other burn debris.  Further, neither HHW nor burn debris can be taken to local landfills.  Because HHW is dangerous, Residents are strongly urged to leave all HHW in place and to not remove any HHW or damaged containers of HHW from their properties.  HHW includes unused or leftover portions of products that contain toxic chemicals.  Products labeled Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable, or Corrosive are considered hazardous.  See below list for examples of HHW. 

 

Because of the hazards of HHW to the Community, HHW must be cleaned up.  This may include the need to enter the property without the owner’s permission with the sole intent of removing HHW, which is permitted by the County’s emergency declaration, and State/Federal Law. 

 

Following the HHW removal, County Staff will be in contact with all property owners to initiate phase two for removal of the remaining burn debris from the property.  County, State, and Federal workers will not enter a property for burn debris removal without the express written consent of the home owner, unless it meets the HHW criteria as stated above

 

As all other burn debris removal needs homeowner’s permission, it is critical that all effected owners contact the County immediately to begin this phase two process.

 

Examples of Household Hazardous Waste:

 

• Aerosols
• Antifreeze
• Solvents 
• Auto Batteries 
• Auto Fluids
• Used Oil and Oil Filters
• Household Cleaners
• Fertilizer 
• Pesticides
• Latex / Oil-Based Paint
• Pool Chemicals
• Propane Tanks (less than 30 gallon)

 

 

Here is some guidance for Debris removal during Wildfire events