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Was your home destroyed in the Northern California fires? Sign up for free debris removal by Nov. 13

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A state and federal program is offering free debris removal to residents whose homes were destroyed in the wine country fires.
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A state and federal program is offering free debris removal to residents whose homes were destroyed in the wine country fires.

Napa and Sonoma County residents whose homes were destroyed in the fires that tore through wine country last month have until Monday, Nov. 13, to sign up for free debris removal on their properties.

To participate in the Government Sponsored Debris Removal Program, homeowners must submit a right of entry form to their county’s designated center by close of business on Monday. Along with the form, the county needs a government-issued ID, a copy of their insurance policy’s declaration page and debris removal coverage page, an assessor’s parcel number and any trust or LLC documents associated with the house.

The forms must be signed by all owners, trustees and those with power of attorney related to the property.

Only homes and related buildings that were destroyed or severely damaged are eligible for the service, according to a document posted by the city of Santa Rosa. For more detailed information on eligibility, view the full chart here.

If eligible homeowners choose not to participate in the debris removal program, they are required to submit forms detailing their plan to clean up the hazardous debris at their own expense. Debris from these burned homes can contain materials such as asbestos, heavy metals and other chemicals, and must be disposed of properly for the safety of the public, according to the city of Santa Rosa.

Residents in Sonoma County can drop off their documents at the Debris Removal Right-of-Entry Processing Center in the Department of Health Services at 3313 Chanate Rd in Santa Rosa. The office is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Napa County, residents can bring their forms to the Napa County Pop-Up Recovery Center in the basement of the County administration building at 1195 Third St. The center is closed Friday through Sunday, but will be open Monday to process forms until 5 p.m., according to the Napa Valley Register. Residents can also submit applications at the Local Assistance Center in Building A at 2751 Napa Valley Corporate Dr. in Napa, fax them to (707) 253-4545 or email them in PDF form to environmental-fire@countyofnapa.org.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, FEMA, the EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and CalRecycle are collaborating on the cleanup of these properties. In Phase I, the EPA will inspect the property and remove any household hazardous waste before other agencies begin removing fire debris.

For more information on these programs, to access right of entry forms or to submit plans for private debris removal, head to the city of Santa Rosa’s debris removal landing page or Napa County’s page.

Emily Zentner: 916-321-1074, @emilymzentner

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