PHOENIX, Ore. — The deadline for property owners to participate in state-sponsored cleanup after the Almeda Fire has arrived. Jackson County and the State Debris Management Task Force put out a last call on Monday, which is the last day for property owners to submit a Right of Entry (ROE) form.
Oregon is providing no-cost cleanup for all homes and properties in the eight counties impacted by September 2020 wildfires, but the ROE forms are required to allow cleanup crews onto the property. The June 7 deadline applies only to the Almeda Fire, but all counties will have similar deadlines as crews wrap up their cleanup operations across western Oregon.
Crews from the state task force have been removing ash and structural debris, hazard trees, concrete foundations, and burned vehicles without any direct cost to the property owner. When the crews are finished on an individual property, the owner will receive a letter from the state certifying that the cleanup is completed and the plot is ready for rebuilding.
“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.”
As of Monday, task force crews had completed cleanup of more than 1,417 home sites in the Almeda Fire area, representing roughly 87 percent of all home sites currently enrolled. Once they are finished with those properties, they will move on to other areas of the state impacted by the September fires.
To submit a Right of Entry form and for more information:
- Visit wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup or
- Call the wildfire debris cleanup hotline: 503-934-1700.