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Almeda fire debris removal nears completion

Deadline to apply for no-cost property cleanup is June 7, 2021

As crews complete work on fire-damaged home sites in the Almeda Dr. Fire area, Jackson County and the State Debris Management Task Force wants to ensure everyone with fire-damaged properties has the opportunity to participate in the state cleanup program. To help with this, task force officials are asking affected property owners to submit a Right of Entry (ROE) agreement by June 7, 2021 to participate before work in the area is completed. 

The State of Oregon, through the Debris Management Task Force, provides no-cost cleanup for all homes and properties in the eight counties affected by the September 2020 wildfires (Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion counties), but property owners must sign a Right of Entry form to allow cleanup crews onto their property. The June 7 ROE deadline applies only to the Almeda Dr. Fire Area in Jackson County, but all counties will face similar deadlines as work in their areas progresses toward completion.

Cleanup crews will remove ash and structural debris, hazard trees, concrete foundations and burned vehicles at no cost to the homeowner. Once completed, the property will be ready for rebuilding. The property owner will receive a letter from the state of Oregon saying that property cleanup is completed.

To date, Task Force crews have completed cleanup of more than 1,400 home sites impacted by the Almeda Dr. Fire representing approximately 80% of all home sites currently enrolled in the program. Crews will then move on to other parts of the state impacted by last year’s devastating fires.

“We had initially identified a 6-18-month timeline for completion of cleanup in the Almeda Fire area but through our partnerships between the state, Jackson County, and the cities of Talent and Phoenix, we have made significant strides in approaching completion closer to the 6-month mark.” Said John Vial, Director of the Jackson County Emergency Operations Center. “Now we want to make sure that any property owner who wants to participate in the no cost program does not miss their chance.”

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