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Got fire debris? County bins to the rescue

By: Auburn Journal staff report
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Victims of the 49 Fire have an October deadline to clear debris from their property. To help with the process, Placer County is providing a debris removal “bin program” to the estimated 1,700 residents and individuals associated with businesses affected by the fire. Under the program, property owners impacted by the fire can request the bins, which will be placed in the county right-of-way where individual owners can access them to dump rubble from the fire. All debris must be removed by Oct. 15 for the county to avoid a public health emergency, which may occur if rains wash contaminated debris and ash into the storm drain system. Those providing the clean-up work must use protective clothing. The county estimates that 15,000 tons of debris is being removed from 81 affected parcels. Working directly with Placer County, Auburn Placer Disposal Service will provide the bins and empty them as needed. Each bin will be assigned to a particular parcel owner for that owner’s exclusive use. Property owners are responsible for the cost of the service, but typically recoup those costs through homeowner’s insurance. If owners contract for debris bins, they must assure that others don’t use them to dispose of their debris. Whether or not property owners participate in the county-coordinated bin program, fire debris and materials must be taken to the Western Placer Regional Landfill on Fiddyment Road, north of Roseville. They will not be accepted at the Shale Ridge Dropoff Center. A reduced rate for fire debris is being offered at the landfill. Property owners are also free to contract or work independently to remove the debris. A copy of the county’s debris removal and safety requirements has been provided to individuals and businesses as owners seek demolition permits. The information is also available on the county Web site, placer.ca.gov (49 Fire information). Or, pick up information from the Community Development Resource Center, 3091 County Center Drive, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To date, 52 demolition permits have been issued, and almost two-thirds of the property owners have already made significant progress in clearing the debris. “Their success is attributable to their ‘roll up your sleeves and get it done attitude,’” said Rui Cunha, Placer County Office of Emergency Services program manager. “We salute them for their hard work and their commitment.” One family has been issued a building permit by the county to begin rebuilding their home. Placer County is also applying for state grants to help pay for recovery efforts. ~ Staff report ------------------------------- DEBRIS REMOVAL INFO Via the Web: placer.ca.gov In person: Community Development Resource Center, 3091 County Center Drive When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays