Key Deadlines For Fire Victims Extended to Feb. 15

The view where a home once stood in the Trancas Highlands neighborhood of Malibu.

The deadlines for debris removal sign-up, FEMA registration and Small Business Administration loan applications have all been extended to Feb. 15, according to information shared by local and state government on Thursday.

The eleventh-hour decision gives those who lost property (or business revenue) due to the fires another two weeks to meet deadlines on key steps in the rebuild process.

The debris removal program sign-up through the State of California entitles those with burned property to enroll in a program for removal with “no direct costs” to property owners. Those who wish to use the program must fill out of Right Of Entry form to allow workers to enter their properties.

Property owners participating in the state-ran [sic] program incur no direct costs for the removal of eligible debris, including ash, metal and concrete, as well as foundations,” according to information from the Office of Emergency Services. “Interested property owners, including those who do not have debris removal insurance coverage, simply need to complete and submit to Public Works their ROE [Right of Entry] permit form. The ROE allows state contractors to access the property.”

Those who opt out of the program are responsible for debris removal through private means, though standards must be met. There are also forms available for those who wish to opt out.

Feb. 15 is now also the deadline for FEMA registration and Small Business Administration (SBA) loan applications. 

For FEMA registration and SBA loan info, click here.

For debris removal applications, opt-out forms and ROE forms, click here.