Napa County sets Monday deadline for debris removal decision

Cal Fire firefighters protect a structure in Napa County near the origin of the Tubbs fire on Oct. 8. (KENT PORTER / The Press Democrat)

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Napa County has announced that Monday, Nov. 13 is the deadline for property owners with residential buildings destroyed by the wildfire to decide how they plan to remove structural ash and debris.

The 5 p.m. Monday deadline was set, according to the county announcement, “to address the continuing public health emergency” posed by the debris and the county’s desire to remove burned material by the spring.

The deadline means owners have to decide whether they plan to participate in the “government paid” process of removing the fires’ aftermath, or choose to do so privately.

Details of the two options to remove ash and debris, are, according to the county:

“Submit a Right of Entry (ROE) form to allow the government to remove the debris and ash at no cost to the owner. This program is only available for residences and associated buildings. All other structures must obtain a Debris and Ash Removal Plan.

Submit an application for a DAR Plan explaining how a qualified contractor paid for by the owner will remove the ash and debris. The DAR application can be obtained here. All work approved under the DAR Plan must be completed by Jan. 15, 2018, or the property owner will be subject to enforcement action by the County. “

The announcement continued that “To protect public health, the County is required to take enforcement actions against those property owners not meeting the above deadlines. After 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, property owners will be subject to enforcement action by the county if they have not submitted a ROE form or a complete DAR application.”