Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?

If you want to be eligible for the state-funded program and have the debris removed with no out-of-pocket cost, do not begin cleaning up your property.

For Phase 1: You do not need to take any action for household hazardous waste to be removed from your property. Operations are automatic. If you keep a gate to the property locked, please reach out to Mariposa County Environmental Health at 209-966-2220.

For Phase 2: The Mariposa County team will provide a Right-of-Entry permit and education for those interested in Phase 2. You will need to complete the form to grant government contractors access to your property for debris removal. Additional information on this step will be coming soon.

CAN I GO BACK TO MY PROPERTY TO SEE IF I CAN FIND ANY VALUABLES OR MEMENTOS?

Sifting through your property will not make you ineligible for the no out-of-pocket cost debris removal process. Do not start moving debris outside the structural footprint, separating debris into piles, or recovering items for recycling. It is important to be mindful of health and safety risks associated with burned property if you choose to do this. Proper protective gear includes eye protection, masks, gloves, long-sleeved shirts, and long pants. You should do your best to minimize contact with fire debris. Additional health and safety information can be found here.

CAN I BE ON MY PROPERTY DURING THE CLEAN-UP?

Yes, but there will be safe areas established that you must remain in to protect both your safety as well as the safety of the contractors. 

WHAT ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS?

Environmental concerns are a large part of fire recovery. During the debris removal process, the first step is to remove household hazardous waste to ensure it is disposed of properly. Additionally, soil testing is included in the debris removal process. Additional information on fire recovery and the environment can be found here

CAN I HAVE THE DEBRIS REMOVED MYSELF?

Once the household hazardous waste is removed, property owners can opt to hire their own contractors to remove the remaining debris. If you want to learn more about this alternate option, please call Mariposa County Environmental Health at 209-966-2220.

For some other common questions, please view last year's California Debris Management Plan FAQ.