Step 1: Clear Debris
For general questions about debris removal processes, please review the information provided on this page. You may also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page or call the Napa County PBES Wildfire Assistance Hotline (707) 299-1350.
Para obtener información y apoyo en español, llame a la línea de información del Condado de Napa al 707-299-1350.
PHASE I - Household Hazardous Waste Assessment and Removal
Phase II is the removal of structural debris and ash from a property once Phase I (hazardous waste removal) is complete. There are generally two options for Phase II debris and ash removal; a government option and a private option.
The government option is generally completed by CalOES and CalRecycle working for and under the direction of FEMA. This option requires submittal of the Right of Entry (ROE). The government option is done at no cost to the property owner. However, if owners have fire debris removal insurance they are required to assign that portion of the insurance proceeds to the County to cover the cost of debris removal.
The private option allows owners or their qualified contractors to remove debris and ash. To choose this option, after Phase 1 is complete property owners will submit a Debris and Ash Removal (DAR) Application and Plan and must comply with all the requirements contained therein. For homes built before 1990, owners must first have the property assessed by a Certified Asbestos Abatement Consultant. Any asbestos identified by the consultant must be removed by a licensed Asbestos Abatement Contractor. An asbestos survey/removal report must be provided prior to the acceptance of a DAR application and Plan. Private work completed under an approved plan shall be at property owners’ expense. There will be no subsidy through local, State or Federal government.
Important Notes: Fire debris is hazardous and extreme caution should be taken. Landfills and transfer stations will NOT accept any structural fire debris and ash without proper documentation from Napa County PBES. If a Phase II Public Debris Removal Program is offered, property owners may become ineligible to participate if they initiate any debris and ash removal on their own. Please refer to the FAQs and contact PBES with any further questions at (707) 299-1350.
Minor Burn Debris Removal and Cleanup: If your property only suffered minimal damage to small structure(s) less than 120 ft.2 in size and you need to remove that debris and ash please refer to the Small Structure Debris and Ash Removal (English) (Spanish) information.
Letter from the County Surveyor about the importance of conserving property corners and survey monumentation during the clean-up and rebuild process.