PHOENIX, Ore--- Jackson County, the City of Phoenix, and the City of Talent say the debris removal process will begin in mid-October.
Jackson County and the Cities of Phoenix and Talent are also asking that community does not attempt to clean up properties on its own.
"We are requesting people do not try to clean up the debris by yourself at this time," said Jackson County Emergency Operations Center Director John Vial. "There are several reasons for that. The debris may contain hazardous materials such as asbestos, heavy metals, and other toxic items. There are hazardous trees in many of these sites and other structural hazards on the property."
Vial also said he is expecting the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, using US EPA strike teams, to arrive in Phoenix and Talent in mid-October. This will be the first official step in the cleanup process.
Vial also talked about bringing in single contractors to help the cleanup at a press conference on Wednesday.
So, that is a process we have not yet started yet. We will be soliciting contractors that have the capability to do this kind of work and have the experience to do this kind of work. That process has yet to be started," said Vial.
If you are thinking about cleaning up your property on your own, don't forget that doing so can break state and federal hazardous waste laws.
If you are going to clean anything up on your own, Jackson County and the Cities of Phoenix and Talent are asking you to protect yourself. They say you can do this by getting clearance from the appropriate authorities supervising. Also, wear an N95 mask, gloves, safety glasses, and sturdy shoes.