Government-Sponsored Private Property Debris Removal Program Now Available for Property Owner’s Impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex Fire – Right of Entry Form Required for Participation in the Program
SOLANO COUNTY –Residential properties with structures destroyed or significantly damaged by the LNU Lightning Complex fire may now participate in the government sponsored private property fire debris removal program being offered by the State of California to ensure properties are left free of hazardous waste and fire debris. Residential property owners who would like to participate in the government-sponsored program are encouraged to submit a completed Right of Entry (ROE) form with supporting documents to the Department of Resource Management by November 18, 2020 to facilitate the State beginning the cleanup work by December 1, 2020. The latest ROE forms can be submitted to the Department of Resource Management by close of business on December 15, 2020 to be included in the program.
ROE forms can be downloaded directly from the Solano County Department of Resource Management’s website www.SolanoCounty.com/LNUcleanup or the official Solano County disaster recovery website www.SolanoCountyRecovers.org. The forms may be completed electronically or by hand, and can be returned using one of the following methods:
- Email [email protected]
- Schedule an in-person appointment with the Debris Removal Right of Entry Processing Center at Solano County Department of Resource Management, Division of Environmental Health, 675 Texas Street, Suite 5500 (5th Floor), Fairfield. Appointments can be scheduled on-line by going to the Department of Resource Management’s website at www.solanocounty.com, or by calling (707) 784-6765.
Residents may also use the above contact methods to seek assistance completing forms or for questions regarding the forms or process.
The government-sponsored program will include removal of all structure debris, foundations, and most types of burned vehicles. Soil from the debris removal area will also be tested to ensure the site is clean and safe for rebuilding. Any fire-damaged trees that are dead or are likely to die within the next five years and that present a safety hazard to work crews or are determined to present a hazard to the public right-of-way or public infrastructure will also be removed from properties that choose to participate in the program.
By submitting the Right of Entry form, residential property owners are granting permission for contractors, hired by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), to safely and efficiently undertake this work and clear the way for rebuilding. There is no cost to the property owner for the program. However, if property owners have homeowner’s insurance covering debris removal, they will be required to remit that portion of their insurance proceeds specifically reserved for debris removal.
Property owners will need to include a copy of the following along with their Right of Entry form as part of a complete submission packet:
- Government-issued ID (for each person listed as an owner);
- Insurance policy declaration page and debris removal coverage page, as applicable;
- Trust or LLC documents proving property ownership, if applicable; and
- Vehicle insurance.
If a person owns multiple properties, a Right of Entry form is required for each property assigned with a unique Assessor Parcel Number (APN). If multiple parties own a property under a single APN, then each owner is required to sign the respective Right of Entry form.
Completed Right of Entry forms and associated paperwork can be emailed to [email protected] or submitted in-person to the Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Processing Center to Solano County Department of Resource Management, Division of Environmental Health, 675 Texas Street, (5th Floor) Fairfield.
As an alternative to participating in the government sponsored program, property owners can opt-out by submitting an application and workplan to privately fund debris removal from their property. Under this option property owners must hire properly licensed contractors to complete the work in compliance with standards established by Solano County Environmental Health. Applications and workplans can be downloaded, www.SolanoCounty.com/LNUcleanup. Completed forms may be submitted via email to [email protected] or returned by appointment to Solano County Department of Resource Management, Division of Environmental Health, 675 Texas Street, (5thFloor) Fairfield.
Due to the importance of critical and timely cleanup of hazardous waste and debris left from the fires, the deadline for property owners to either submit a Right of Entry packet to participate in the government-sponsored program or submit an application and work plan to privately perform the cleanup is December 15, 2020.