Wildfire cleanup asking for specific property information for planning
Press release issued by the Oregon Debris Management Task Force on Dec 16, 2020 (Link)
SALEM, OR – Oregon property owners affected by September’s wildfires must provide specific cleanup needs to help crews plan and schedule upcoming work.
Those participating in the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Debris Management Task Force Step 2 cleanup need to complete a questionnaire asking for property specific information including how many buildings were on the property, the number of burned vehicles and the locations of underground tanks and foundations.
Property owners should watch for a letter or email from the task force with details on how to access the questionnaire and should complete it as soon as possible. The letter and questionnaire are available in alternate format and multiple languages. If someone is not able to complete the questionnaire online at wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup, they can call the wildfire hotline at 503-934-1700.
On private property, crews will remove dead or dying trees if they pose a threat to the safety of cleanup crew or public right of ways. The next step will be removal of ash and structural debris, including concrete and other household and construction materials, from private homes and businesses. A list of what is included in cleanup is available.
Hazard trees removal along roadways has begun. The initial focus is on logs and debris remaining from fire response work. Crews will then move on to private property.
Step 2 of the cleanup includes homes, mobile home parks, second homes, businesses and other structures. Once work is completed, property owners will receive a notice that the property is ready for rebuilding.
Property owners in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion are eligible to participate in cleanup. For most, the cleanup will be at no cost. The work paves the way for rebuilding efforts, community recovery and helps revitalize Oregon’s economy.
Home and business owners must sign a Right of Entry Form with their county to allow cleanup crews onto their property. Visit https://wildfire.oregon.gov/ or call 503-934-1700 to submit your form and for more information. Even those who did not join in Step 1 of the cleanup, which focused on hazardous household waste, may still opt into the program.
Oregon’s 2020 Labor Day fires constitute the largest and most expensive disaster in our state’s history, burning over 1 million acres and destroying over 5,000 structures.
Initial estimates put the debris cleanup from the September 2020 Oregon wildfires at over $600 million, including $326 million for ash and debris removal and $295 million to remove hazard trees.
Wildfire cleanup webpage: https://wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup
Wildfire debris cleanup hotline: 503-934-1700 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Oregon’s Debris Management Task Force, which includes the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Transportation, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, is coordinating federal, state, and local government agencies to clean up debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires.
This news release is available in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese on the Oregon Wildfire Recovery Website: Oregon Wildfire Recovery - Media Resources - Wildfire Resources for Oregonians.
Angela Beers Seydel