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Solano County Environmental Health begins Phase 1 disaster debris removal on properties affected by LNU Lightning Complex fire at no cost to property owners

September 9, 2020

SOLANO COUNTY – The Solano County Department of Resource Management, Environmental Health division, has established a Disaster Debris Removal Program in response to the public and environmental health risks following the LNU Lightning Complex fire that burned nearly 42,000 acres in unincorporated Solano County. Due to the potential for widespread toxic exposure from fire debris, Solano County Public Health Officer, Dr. Bela T Matyas, M.D., M.P.H., issued a public health emergency on August 29, 2020. The public health order requires the safe removal, transport and disposal of fire debris.

The Disaster Debris Removal Program consists of two phases. Phase 1 begins today, September 9 and includes the identification, collection, and disposal of household hazardous wastes (HHW) such as BBQ-size propane tanks, paints, household cleaners, car batteries, fuel tanks, pesticides, and fertilizers. Also included is electronic waste (e-waste) like televisions, computers, stereos, and fax machines. Additionally, certified asbestos consultants will survey asbestos containing materials and remove it as time allows. Any remaining asbestos will be marked on the property and required to be removed during Phase II. Once the property has been cleared of Phase 1 hazards, a sign will be posted marking which materials have been completely removed.

Property owners may qualify for an exemption from the Disaster Debris Removal Program if the following conditions are met:

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Damaged or destroyed structure(s) = 120 square feet or less
n  Damaged or destroyed structure(s) = any size AND did not store hazardous materials
n  Onsite fire debris and ash is limited to vegetative material and/or non-hazardous material from accessory structure(s)

Phase I of the Disaster Debris Removal Program is offered at no cost to property owners impacted by the LNU Lightning Complex fire. Disaster assistance funding is in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

For more information, or questions related to the Disaster Debris Removal Program and exemptions, please contact Solano County Department of Resource Management, Environmental Health division,  
EHDebrisRemoval@solanocounty.com and (707) 784-6765.