County Administrator's Office
For Immediate Release

City and County Set Deadline for Private Fire Debris Removal

Residential and commercial properties must complete debris removal by June 1, 2021

Santa Rosa, CA  –  March 15, 2021  –  The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa have set June 1, 2021 as the deadline for completion of private cleanup of fire debris.

The deadline pertains to all residential property owners in Sonoma County who had homes destroyed by the 2020 Walbridge, Meyers or Glass fires and submitted applications for the private debris removal cleanup option as an alternative to the state-managed program. The deadline requires that properties be cleared of ash and debris and soil samples submitted to appropriate labs by June 1, 2021. Commercial properties are also subject to the June 1 deadline.

The deadline has been set in order to help protect property owners, neighborhoods and local watersheds. Property owners who signed up for the private debris removal option will receive a letter from the County or City notifying them of the deadline and why the timely removal of hazardous debris at all burn sites is essential.

If properties fail to meet the deadline, the County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa may assess penalties and/or take abatement actions to make sure toxic ash and other hazardous materials and debris are removed from all properties in the burn areas.

Additional information on debris removal can be found at socoemergency.org/recover/

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Contact Information:
City of Santa Rosa
Adriane Mertens
pio@srcity.org / (707) 543-4777

County of Sonoma
Stuart Tiffen 
publicaffairs@sonoma-county.org / (707) 565-3040

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