Debris Removal

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Questions or concerns about debris removal?

The US Army Corps of Engineers 877 complaint line regarding debris removal issues is closed as of May 16, 2018.  Mendocino County has established a local phone number to receive questions and concerns regarding debris removal issues at 707-234-6076

Over Excavation Assessment and Remediation Program

The Mendocino County Fire Recovery Team has initiated a program with the commitment of California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) to address and remediate over excavation issues that occurred as a result of private property debris removal by US Army Corps of Engineers. If your property was over excavated and would like your site assessed, please contact the County at 707-234-6076 and a Mendocino County Fire Recovery Team member will schedule a site assessment. Please call no later than May 31, 2018, to see if you are eligible for this special state funded program.

Debris Removal Phases

The Mendocino County Consolidated Fire Debris Removal Program (Program) has two phases: removal of household hazardous waste and removal of other fire-related debris.

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Phase I:
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will inspect your property and remove any Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, asbestos siding, and paints.

Phase II: The Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local officials are coordinating with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to conduct fire-related debris removal from your property. This will include removal of all burnt debris, foundations, hazardous trees, and some soil to ensure the site is clean and safe for building. In order to participate in the free program, property owners must complete a Right-of-Entry Agreement (ROE).

US Army Corps of Engineers Debris Information

(877) 875-7681 | 

US Army Corps Of Engineers Debris Removal Online Resources

US Army Corps of Engineers Debris Removal Status Map Searchable by Address

Right-of-Entry Form

Mendocino County Planning and Building Services Department is working with CalOES and other federal and state partners in a program to facilitate safe removal and handling of burn debris and ash. To obtain this service a homeowner must complete the proper paperwork to allow these agencies to clean up their property. Property owners must complete a Right-of-Entry Agreement (ROE). Below is the ROE and information on the Debris Removal Program.

 State Federal Wildfire Removal Program  Phase II debris removal


The CalOES deadline for submittal is November 13, 2017. If you complete a form after this date, please contact the Planning and Building Services Department

Private Debris Removal
Debris Removal

If property owners choose not to participate in the Consolidated Debris Removal Program, property owners must submit a Private Cleanup Form to the Mendocino County Environmental Health Division no later than November 16, 2017. Private debris removal must meet debris cleanup requirements with a qualified contractor. It is strongly advised that property owners review all requirements thoroughly before pursuing their own debris removal. Disaster funding will not reimburse for this work, and a Building Permit to rebuild will not be issued unless the property has been remediated to the standards established in the Debris Cleanup and Removal Program. Below is the required Private Debris Cleanup Form and the Debris Cleanup requirements.

The County deadline to submit a private debris form is November 16, 2017. If you choose this option following November 16, 2017, you must contact Environmental Health.

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US Army Corps of Engineers Debris Information Line

(877) 875-7681 | 

Consolidated Debris Removal Program

Contact: Planning and Building Services – (707) 234-6650  |

Private Debris Removal

Contact: Environmental Health - (707) 234-6625

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