Although areas of Plumas County remain inaccessible due to snow, state contractors have cleared burned metal, concrete, ash and contaminated soil from nearly 60 percent of homes and properties in the county for owners who enrolled in the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program after last year’s Dixie and Beckwourth Complex fires.
The 384 properties cleared to date represent 59.9 percent of the 641 parcels participating in the full debris removal program. Another 160 properties are taking part in the program’s hazardous trees only element.
In Greenville, almost three quarters of participating properties have now been cleared. The 283 cleared properties represent 72 percent of the properties in that community that are participating in the program.
Under the program, administered by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), in collaboration with county officials, participating property owners incur no direct costs.
Property owners opted into the program by submitting a Right-of-Entry form (ROE) to thee county, which allows the state to begin work on their property and incur no direct costs for the removal of burned metal, concrete, ash, contaminated soil and hazard trees from their properties.
Plumas County isn’t alone. In Lassen County, crews have cleared debris generated by the Dixie Fire from 18, or 40 percent, of the 45 parcels enrolled in the full debris removal program. Another two properties are participating in the hazardous trees only portion of the program. Portions of Lassen County have also been inaccessible due to snow, complicating debris removal efforts.
The program is also underway in Nevada, El Dorado, Alpine and Tuolomne counties.