State coordinates free debris cleanup in the aftermath of fires
Homes and businesses impacted by September's wildfires are eligible for free ash and debris cleanup, coordinated by the Oregon Debris Management Task Force. The service is available in Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties.
"Our mission is to safely clear the ash and debris as quickly as possible, and leave Oregonians with a clean site so they can rebuild," said Kris Strickler, director of the Oregon Department of Transportation. "This will take time, strong partnerships and a lot of hard work, but we're already well on our way. I encourage every Oregonian who lost a home or business in the wildfires to sign a Right of Entry form with their county, if they haven't already, to help keep this important work moving forward."
In the Estacada area, 150 structures were lost in the Riverside and Dowty Road fires. There were no deaths. Across the state, nine Oregonians died in the wildfires, more than 1 million acres burned and over 5,000 homes and businesses were destroyed.
Cleanup crews will remove ash and structural debris, hazardous trees, concrete foundations, and burned vehicles. Interested property owners will need to sign a Right of Entry form to allow cleanup crews onto their property. To submit a Right of Entry form, visit wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup or call the wildfire debris cleanup hotline at 503-934-1700.
Preliminary estimates put the debris cleanup tally at over $600 million, including $326 million for ash and debris removal and $295 million to remove damaged trees. FEMA will reimburse the state for a portion of the costs.
Oregon's Debris Management Task Force includes the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
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