Jackson County has released the Right of Entry form, which will allow Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) representatives onto private property to start the fire debris cleanup process.
The forms are being mailed to all 959 property owners which have been identified as needing to complete a R.O.E. form. Completed forms can be returned via mail or can be dropped off at the Jackson County Development Services office at 10 S. Oakdale Ave. Room 100, Medford Oregon 97501.
Right of Entry forms may also be filled out online or a paper form can also be scanned and emailed to ColemaRK@jacksoncounty.org.
The forms can be found at jacksoncounty.org/ROE.
“All impacted property owners which are seeking assistance in the debris cleanup process have to complete this form before officials can assist with the cleanup” noted Jackson County Development Services Director Ted Zuk. “If you are owner of an impacted property, please complete this form, or if you know of a property owner that has been impacted, make sure they are aware of this form.”
Forms will also be available at all three MARC Locations.
- Medford - Central High School, 815 S. Oakdale Avenue, 8 am-6 pm
- Talent - Talent Elementary School, 307 Wagner Creek Road, 8 am-6 pm
- Phoenix - Phoenix Civic Center, 220 N. Main Street, 8 am-6 pm
Jackson County and the Cities of Talent and Phoenix are recommending that property owners do not attempt to clean their properties on their own.
Burned properties may contain hazards such as asbestos fibers, toxic chemicals, unstable trees, and dangerous structures. Complying with state and federal hazardous waste laws is complex, and contractors completing this work must have special licenses and certifications. Lastly, insurance policies may not cover the cleanup’s full cost if not completed correctly.
If a property owner chooses to remove debris themselves, they should receive clearance from local authorities, mitigate hazards, and wear an N95 mask, gloves, safety glasses, and sturdy shoes. Avoid rinsing debris or waste into storm drains.
For public questions, please contact the Right of Entry Hotline (682) 800-5737.
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