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Clackamas County has free program to help clean up after wildfires, deadline for signup is Oct. 16

If you are a homeowner whose home was damaged in the recent wildfires, the deadline for wildfire debris removal permits is Friday, Oct. 16 — and the county wants to make sure that if you need the service, you act quickly.

There is no cost to the property owners for the debris removal, but they must fill out a Right-of-Entry (ROE) permit by Oct. 16 to allow cleanup crews onto their property.

Removing fire debris is a two-step cleanup process:

Step 1: Clearing properties of household hazardous waste to minimize exposure of hazardous materials to the public.

Before you can rebuild, your property must be cleared of household hazardous waste or other hazardous substances. Crews that specialize in identifying and removing hazardous substances will visit properties, determine what hazardous materials need to be removed and remove them for safe disposal.

This service is funded by federal and state government and provided free of charge to property owners in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties.

Household hazardous waste includes fuel and petroleum, pool chemicals, car batteries, antifreeze, used oil filters, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, propane tanks, disinfectants, aerosols, paint, bleach and ammunition. Crews will also safely identify and dispose of large pieces of asbestos materials.

Step 2: Ash and debris removal.

Ash and debris removal cannot begin until household hazardous waste removal is complete. State, county and federal partners are actively working to develop options for ash and debris removal. Check back here for the latest information as it develops.

To avail yourself of this free service as the first step toward rebuilding, go to the Clackamas County site at https://www.clackamas.us/wildfires/clear-debris.


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