Less Than One Week Left | Lake and Bobcat Fire Survivors Eligible for Debris Removal Program

Deadline for application is February 1

SOURCE: LaCounty.gov | No direct cost debris removal service available for property owners who qualify and sign up, post Bobcat and Lake Fires that took place last year


Survivors of the Lake and Bobcat wildfires that occurred last year in Los Angeles County now have less than a week left to notify the County of how they will remove fire debris left on their properties. Property owners must submit the appropriate forms to the County by the following deadlines, depending on which of two options they select.

The first option is to submit a Right of Entry “ROE” Form by February 1, 2021 in order to opt-in and participate in the Government-Sponsored Fire Debris and Hazard Tree Removal ProgramThis program is a no direct cost debris removal service for property owners who qualify and sign up. Work is completed by State-contracted professional crews and is coordinated by Los Angeles County. Commercial and publicly-owned properties will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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The second option is to the Los Angeles County Local Fire Debris Removal Program. This program is for property owners who “opt-out” and choose to remove debris using their own resources or who do not qualify for the aforementioned first option. All property owners that opts-out must complete and submit a Local Fire Debris Removal Program Application & Work Plan or a Partially Burned or Damaged Structures Application by January 31, 2021and all debris removal work must be completed by March 15, 2021.

Completed applications can be submitted in-person or dropped off, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Office of Building and Safety located at 355 A. East Avenue K-6, Lancaster, CA 93535. Please call (661) 524-2390 before delivering forms to the office.

Forms can also be mailed to Los Angeles County Public Works, Environmental Programs Division, attention Bobcat Fire and Lake Fire Debris Removal Team, P.O. Box 1460, Alhambra, CA 91802. Property owners can also email completed applications to either bobcatfire@pw.lacounty.gov or lakefire@pw.lacounty.govPlease limit file size to 150 megabytes (MB) and contact the Public Works hotline at (626) 979-5370 if you do not receive confirmation within 2 business days.

For more information or questions, please read our Frequently Asked Questions. Property owners can also call the LA County Public Works Debris Removal Hotline at (626) 979-5370 or send an email bobcatfire@pw.lacounty.gov or lakefire@pw.lacounty.gov for additional help.

Additional Los Angeles County wildfire recovery resources are available at lacounty.gov/recovery.