Step 1: Clear Debris

The path to recovery for the Hennessey Fire and the Glass Fire will, in some instances, proceed under two different timelines due to the timing of the fires and the pending government option approvals.

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

Ash, debris, and fire damage of structures that have been red or yellow tagged may contain hazardous materials that can threaten public health. Due to a declaration of a Local Health Emergency, the removal of debris is prohibited until an inspection of the debris is conducted by specially trained hazardous materials teams. Phase I is the mandatory inspection and removal process of hazardous wastes from all burned properties before the removal of remaining structural debris and ash. The local public health declaration allows for a government agency to enter properties to assess and remove hazardous waste, and conduct assessments to ensure hazards are mitigated. County, state and federal agencies organize teams of experts to inspect your property and remove any household hazardous waste that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, herbicides, pesticides, propane tanks, asbestos siding, and paints. The Phase I HHW assessment and removal must be completed before any remaining debris and ash removal can begin in Phase II. 

For specific Phase I and Phase II information available related to the Hennessey Fire and the Glass Fire, please visit the following page: Hennessey Fire and Glass Fire Phase I and Phase II Documents and Instructions

PHASE II - Debris and Ash 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. If you have questions please contact PBES at (707) 299-1350.

Minor Burn Debris Removal and Cleanup: If your property only suffered minimal damage to a small structures that was 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.

Additional Information:

Hennessey Fire and Glass Fire Phase I and Phase II Documents and Instructions

DTSC Map for Hennessey (LNU Lightning Complex) HHW Phase 1 Progress

DTSC Website for Disaster-related Hazardous Waste Response

FEMA: After the Fire

Do burned trees on my property need to be removed?

Letter from the County Surveyor about the importance of conserving property corners and survey monumentation during the clean-up and rebuild process.