State officials encourage Camp Fire survivors to opt in to government debris removal

Assemblyman James Gallagher encourages Camp Fire survivors who lost their home to opt in to the state's debris removal program

The deadline to opt in or out of the state's debris removal program for the Camp Fire has been extended through January 31.

Officials says Camp Fire survivors who lost their home to the devastating blaze need to opt in or out of the state's debris removal efforts. To opt in, residents have to fill out and submit ROE, or Right of Entry forms.

Over 15,000 homes were destroyed as a result of the Camp Fire.

Officials say they will use the homeowner's debris removal insurance to cover the cost of the removal and supplement the rest through tax dollars. Residents who did not have any insurance are encouraged to opt in to cover all of the costs.

"This is the largest debris clean-up, post fire, in California history," said Assemblyman James Gallagher, California District 3.

They say the task will take months to complete, possibly even a year. However, they say this is the first step in rebuilding these communities. While the deadline to submit the forms is January 31, officials say they will start clearing lots as early as January 28.

Victims of the Carr Fire in Shasta County who opted in to the state's debris removal efforts last year say that after their lot was cleared, it was not ready for rebuilding. They say the soil was not compacted, meaning they had to pay someone to do that before they could rebuild. Cal OES says the process will be the same in Butte County for the Camp Fire.

"We do not do the compaction and we do not do the engineering. What we do is we do the debris clearance and that is the extent of the program we do," said Mark Ghilarducci, the Director for Cal OES.

Officials are urging everyone to submit their right of entry forms, stating it is the cheapest way to clear debris from your lot.

To download the right of entry form for the state's debris removal program, you can click here.

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