Carr Fire Recovery Info

Debris Removal

The purpose of this site is to provide Shasta County and the City of Redding residents with the latest information and instructions around debris removal.

Videos below show the Debris Removal Community meetings hosted at Redding City Council Chambers on Friday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 14. If you were not able to attend, the videos have been provided for you to watch and get familiar with the debris removal process. Though a bit long, the meetings were informative and well worth watching to understand what will be taking place in the City and County over the next several weeks.

Updated Information August 14, 2018:

Right of Entry Forms for both the City and the County

(English and Espanol)

The City of Redding and Shasta County, in coordination with California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), has released information about the two phases (six steps) of household hazardous waste (HHW) and fire related debris removal for homes that were destroyed in the Carr Fire. Destroyed homes are those that have sustained more than 50 percent damage and require a complete rebuild.For homes that have less than 50 percent damage, homeowners may be responsible for their own hazardous waste and debris removal prior to repairing their property.

Debris Removal Process Explained

The above link will explain the process in visual detail. The same information is expanded below, giving additional access to information that will help you navigate the debris removal process.

Has your home been destroyed in the fire?

Phase 1 (Step 1):Household Hazardous Waste Removal:

The California Department of Toxic Substances, in support of Cal OES and in coordination with Shasta County Environmental Health, will inspect your property and remove any household hazardous waste that may pose a threat to human health, animals and the environment.DTSC arrived in town on August 6 and have prepared teams for property inspections.

DTSC brought four teams with six hazardous waste specialists per team that will be united with one or two staff persons from Shasta County Environmental Health, and forming a combined team of seven to ten personnel. Two teams will be assigned to work City properties, and two teams will be assigned to work County properties, with a goal of completing the Phase 1 efforts in 2 to 4 weeks.

The HHW removal teams are trained to identify and remove hazardous waste and will do so under the authority of the Public Health Emergency declaration. Their mission is to remove any household hazardous waste that may pose a threat to human health and the environment such as batteries, identifiable asbestos, pesticides, cleaning products and paints. There is no cost to the property owner for this work and you do not need to fill out a request to participate.

The owner is not able to opt out of this first step of the cleanup process.


WHO: Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC)

WHAT: Clearing homes of any remaining household hazardous waste (e.g., propane tanks, compressed gas cylinders, solvents).


Phase 2: (Steps 2-6) Debris Removal and Property Cleanup

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), in support of Cal OES, City of Redding, and Shasta County are available for debris removal and property cleanup at no cost to the property owner. The City and County will seek compensation, as allowed in your insurance policy, for debris removal. The property owner can also opt out and do this work on their own at their own cost.

Option 1 – Cal Recycle Debris Removal Program

The no cost debris removal by Cal Recycle does require property owner permission through completion of a Right of Entry Form (ROE). Homeowners should not physically remove debris from its original location prior to this process. Removing or placing fire debris in other places, even if still on the property, may disqualify homeowners from being able to participate in this program. The Cal Recycle Debris Removal Program includes the following final five of the six debris removal steps.


WHO: CalRecycle and contractor (TBD)

WHAT: Testing properties for asbestos and removal large obvious chunks of asbestos material.


WHO: CalRecycle and contractor (TBD)

WHAT: Documenting the state of the property before removal of debris, including details like property size, units in an apartment building, number of cars, etc.


WHO: CalRecycle and contractor (TBD)

WHAT: Removal of all debris and ash. Scraping clean the lot. You will be contacted 24-48 hours before this step occurs.


WHO: CalRecycle and contractor (TBD)

WHAT: Removal of any hazardous trees on the property that may compromise the safety of crews working on the site. No other damaged trees on the property will be removed.


WHO: CalRecycle and contractor (TBD)

WHAT: Erosion control measures to be determined property by property.

As noted above, a ROE form must be completed by the property owner(s) for Option 1.Following are links to the City and County forms:

o ROE Checklist and Instructions

o City of Redding ROE

o Shasta County ROE

Keys to completing the ROE and obtaining City or County approval:

o ROE Checklist – a checklist has been provided and is included with the Right of Entry

form. Be sure to note each item on the checklist to be sure your form is completed

correctly and that you bring the proper documentation when submitting your form.

o Fully Complete – the form must be complete in its entirety.Note the various

spaces that need to be initialed in the completion of the form to ensure the

property owner has fully read and understood all provisions.

o No Changes to Form – changes to the form will not be accepted.This a

official State form that has been approved through their legal Department,

and any modifications will not be accepted.

o Insurance Information – important that detailed information on your insurance

policy is completed.

o Special Instructions – this is your key opportunity to provide special

information to the contractors including (but not limited to) personal effects

that the contractor should look for and more.If you would like to meet with

OES before debris removal operations, please note that request here.

o Owner Signature(s) – ALL owners or legal trustee must sign the ROE.

Owners will be verified by the City and County and owner will be expected to

provide related legal documentation (driver’s license, other).

City and County are accepting completed forms at the following locations:

o City of Redding:

 Permit Counter at City Hall (777 Cypress Avenue, Redding)

 Debris Removal Operations Center (DROC) - opening soon

 Email or Fax – note to provide copies of legal documents verifying


o County of Shasta

 Shasta County Permit Counter(1855 Placer Street, Redding)

 Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at 2685 Hilltop Dr. (former KMart bldg.)

Open Daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 Email or Fax – note to provide copies of legal documents verifying


A Debris Removal Operations Center is being set up, but is not open for the public yet. The intent of the center is a one stop shop for homeowners to drop off their ROE, get questions answered regarding the debris removal process and check on the status of the removal efforts.

Option 2 – Owner Removal (Steps 2 through 6) – Opt Out

Property owners have the option of performing all the removal on their own at their own cost.An opt-out form and process is still being developed, but will be available soon. The process will require:

• Opt Out Form Completion – owner to fully complete a form opting out of the

Cal OES removal.

• Workplan and Demolition Permit – a completed workplan and approved

demolition permit that provides in detail the work the homeowner will

accomplish and related testing to ensure site is cleared and clean.Note that

this workplan will require all elements and levels of testing that the State will

complete with Steps 2 through 6 described above.


Is your home salvageable?

If your home is salvageable, then it has less than 50 percent damage, total rebuild is not required, although there may be extensive repairs needed. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) may not inspect your home for hazards, so please be careful when removing ash and fire debris from your property. For additional direction, contact the building inspector for your jurisdiction (City or County).

For more information, view the Damaged Property page.

This page will be updated often, please continue to check back for additional information frequently. City, County, and Cal OES staff joined FEMA to present a community meeting discussing the debris removal process. Links to both public meetings can be found at the top of this page.


Additional Information

Shasta County Press Release on Safe Cleanup when Returning Home:

July 31,2018 press release

City of Redding Press Release on Debris Removal & Cleanup:

August 2, 2018 Press Release

California Department of Toxic Substances Control - Wildfire Household Hazardous Waste Removal:

Reduce Exposure to Ash When Returning Home After a Fire:

Click here to access more information about Rebuilding:


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Shasta County and the City of Redding are receiving a high number of questions. We are working around the clock to respond to questions and get services back to normal. During this time we appreciate your patience and understanding if your questions are not immediately answered.