Hazardous Waste Inspections

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Phase I HazMat Inspections

Properties damaged by the Woolsey Fire are being assessed for hazardous materials by LA County Fire Dept Hazardous Materials (HazMat) Division. Once a property is inspected, the property will be added to a list (by address) provided to the City and posted here. The lists, located on the city website, will be updated as new information is received from HazMat. 

Property owners may then opt-in to the CalRecycle debris removal program by submitting a Right-of-Entry (ROE) Permit for Residential Debris Removal. The form provides consent for debris removal teams to access the property. ROE forms must be submitted by December 31, 2018, in order to be eligible for the free CalRecycle program.

Free Woolsey Fire Debris Removal

The California Dept of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), in coordination with LA County Public Works, will provide debris removal for homes destroyed by the Woolsey Fire at no cost to property owners and residents.

The free removal of non-hazardous fire debris applies to destroyed residential homes with a maximum of one wall standing. It also applies to mobile homes, as well as vehicles and boats on a property where a home was destroyed. 

By December 31, 2018, property owners must opt-in to the program by submitting a Right-of-Entry (ROE) Permit for Residential Debris Removal. The form provides consent for debris removal teams to access a property.

The ROE form can also be accessed in the following ways:

  •Online at lacounty.gov/lacountyrecovers,

  •By phone at 888.CLEAN.LA (888.253.2652), and

  •In person at the Woolsey Fire Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC), located at Malibu Courthouse (23525 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265) and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Building (30440 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301).

Property owners are encouraged to contact their homeowners insurance providers, as any insurance proceeds for debris removal will be dedicated to offset costs.

Property owners can submit ROE forms in person at the Woolsey Fire DRCs or via email to woolseyfire@dpw.lacounty.gov. Deadline for submittal is Dec. 31, 2018.

Before the removal of nonhazardous fire debris begins, teams from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and Los Angeles County Fire Department must complete their removal of household hazardous waste from properties affected by the fire. This work is already in progress and does not require property-owner consent.

Property owners are strongly encouraged to participate in the government-assisted debris removal program, as it will be a safe, streamlined process with no-fee administered. If residents choose not to use services provided, there are a number of procedures that must be followed to safely remove debris, including the completion of a Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application, which can be found at lacounty.gov/lacountyrecovers.

For questions on fire debris removal programs, contact 888.CLEAN.LA (888.253.2652). For additional fire-related resources, visit lacounty.gov/lacountyrecovers.

LA County Begins Hazardous Waste Removal

On Monday, December 3, the Los Angeles County Fire Dept, alongside teams from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Dept of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), began assessing and removing household hazardous waste from properties burned by the Woolsey Fire.

Hazardous waste removal work, completed jointly by LA County Fire, EPA and DTSC, is authorized by federal and state disaster declarations and a subsequent executive order given by the Governor of California. The hazardous waste removal work does not require property-owner consent. Property owners cannot opt out of hazardous materials assessment and removal activities, and do not need to schedule an appointment. Property owners are asked to assist by unlocking and opening gates to accommodate the inspections and hazardous waste removals.

Specifically, the LA County Fire Department, EPA and DTSC activities include:

  •Door-to-door assessment, survey and collection of household hazardous waste at approximately 1,500 properties in LA County at no-cost to property owners

  •Safe removal, transport and disposal of hazardous waste materials

  •Posting of yellow clearance placards on each property that has been cleared of hazardous waste

Property owners impacted by the Woolsey Fire who have questions about the hazardous waste removal process can contact the LA County Fire Dept at 323-890-4000, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.


Additional information can be found at lacounty.gov/WoolseyFire.