The State of California launched the largest wildfire cleanup in the Golden State’s history on Monday, October 23rd, following the unprecedented North Bay Fire Storm. I.I.I.’s California representative Janet Ruiz attended a press conference hosted on Monday by the City of Santa Rosa where government representatives answered questions about debris removal. Here are a few of the questions and answers:
Q: Who is in charge of the cleanup?
A: The clean-up will be done under unified command with California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), FEMA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Q: What is the timeline?
A: This command structure is expected to expedite the removal of fire debris in Sonoma County, with a deadline of completion anticipated to be early 2018.
Q: What is the first priority?
A: The first phase of the cleanup will be household hazardous waste and debris including propane tanks, burned out vehicles, air conditioners and refrigerators.
Q: Will homeowners have to pay for the cleanup?
A: Cal OES will accept insurance debris removal payouts as full payment. Removal will be free to homeowners who don’t have insurance.
Q: Are homeowners required to participate?
A: Homeowners can opt out of this program and hire their own licensed contractor to do their debris removal if they prefer.
For more information on the recovery efforts visit sonomacountyrecovers.