What You Need to Know about Debris Removal
¿Qué sigue para la gente cuyos hogares o negocios se quemaron?
We know many are anxious to return to properties damaged or destroyed by fires; however, it’s important to follow the process carefully to protect your health, the environment, and the community’s ability to rebuild as quickly as possible.
Most important will be for you to complete a Right of Entry form (coming soon) to allow state and federal authorities temporary access to your property for removal of hazardous household waste and debris.
This service will be provided at no charge to you and is the first step in a two-step cleaning process for removing fire debris:
- Step 1: Clearing properties of household hazardous waste (this includes batteries, chemicals, and fuels that can negatively impact human health, waterways and drinking water resources, and soil). This is being offered free of charge to property owners. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will assess and remove household hazardous waste from burned properties. This work is being funded by FEMA and the State of Oregon. Using this service is optional but highly recommended to ensure debris is properly removed and disposed of to protect the health of soil, waterways, and the community.
- Step 2: Removal of ash, debris, and burned-out structures. State, county, and federal partners are actively working to develop options for ash and debris removal. We will notify you when more information becomes available for this step of the process.
Learn more about the two-step clean-up process at www.wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup
Watch for updates coming soon!
The Right of Entry form will be available on the Lincoln County website within the next few days. In the meantime, please begin gathering the following information so that you are prepared when the form is available:
1) Gather your insurance information for the property as well as secondary insurance information for other damaged or lost items on the property such as vehicles, RVs, boats, etc. This should include the following items:
- Insurance policy
- Proof/statement of loss
- Insurance settlement agreement
2) Property account number
- Find your account number at: (https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/assessor/page/property-info-search-tool) Search by situs address (physical property address rather than your billing address).
3) If you are an authorized agent, rather than the property owner, you must provide a copy/proof of being an authorized Agent of Owner.
4) Property address
5) Age of structure
Change in Acceptance Requirements for Fire Debris
The Department of Environmental Quality and other Federal and State Agencies are encouraging folks to wait for the Army Corp of Engineers and FEMA to arrive and provide clean-up and disposal of ALL materials on your property. FEMA will cover 75% of the reimbursement expenses and the City/County and State will cover the rest. If you wish to apply, you can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov. If you do not wish to wait for FEMA (it may be a couple of weeks before they completely mobilize to this area) and wish to get started on the clean-up immediately through your private homeowner’s insurance, then you will need to:
- Separate out all the hazardous materials
- Separate burned from non-burned materials
- Separate asbestos from other materials
- Test all asbestos containing materials and submit a lab report
- Collect representative samples of the material(s)l and test for RCRA Metals (8 metals) and Total Sulfur
- Submit full analytical report for profiling
- Profile separately each waste stream
- Pricing will differ (per ton) per waste stream and will be consistent with our current Landfill pricing
Any burned material being disposed of at Coffin Butte is considered Special Waste and as such requires testing and profiling of the material. You will be require to complete a Profile Form and provide a full analytical lab report from an EPA or State approved laboratory for Total Sulfur and RCRA Metals (8 metals) contaminants. If asbestos is present, hauler will require asbestos testing, as well.
IF you decide to select the FEMA option than the following will occur:
- Step 1 – US Army Corp/ EPA will come in and remove all hazardous material for the property owner.
- Step 2 – FEMA Emergency Contractors will come in and test everything and remove all the non-hazardous material and dispose of it for the property owner.
- FEMA crews will remove the concrete foundations and scrap the soil/ash up to 8-12 inches below top and remove any contaminated base.
- FEMA / State/County and Cities take care of 100% of the costs.
The information is by no means exhaustive and it may change as the Agencies learn more and start the process of working with FEMA.