Cleanup Assistance

Cost of Cleanup

Wildfire Asbestos

Wildfire Cleanup and Asbestos Concerns

LRAPA strongly recommends waiting for government funded assistance for hazard and debris removal.

After Fire

Losing a home to fire is traumatic, both physically and emotionally. Sometimes there is physical injury or loss of human life, or the loss of pets. Always there is the loss of property, and items of financial or sentimental value.

During such crisis it is easy to not consider the hazardous nature of ash and debris on your property. It’s important to understand that hazards to your immediate and long-term health exist in that ash and debris. Performing your own cleanup and debris removal may put yourself and others at risk.

Cleanup Assistance
2020 Wildfires

The State of Oregon is working with federal, state and local partners to safely address ash and debris from the 2020 Oregon wildfires. Removing fire debris is a two-step cleanup process.

Step 1: Clearing properties of household hazardous waste to minimize exposure of hazardous materials to the public – at no cost to property owners.

Step 2: Removing ash, debris, and burned-out structures – at no cost to property owners.

Progress updates on this effort can be found on the Oregon wildfire response and recovery webpage.

Wildfire Cleanup

Cost of Cleanup

Cleaning your property may be a long and costly venture. Removal of household hazardous waste and debris can be an incredibly expensive process, costing as much as $75,000. Even with insurance, a majority of this cost may not be covered. For the 2020 Oregon Wildfires the state and federal government have committed to paying for removal of household hazardous waste, which means impacted community members can reserve your insurance funds for other recovery efforts.

On November 16, 2020, the Oregon Debris Management Task Force announced that the State of Oregon will provide no-cost wildfire ash and debris cleanup for all homes and businesses in the eight counties affected by the disastrous 2020 September wildfires, regardless of FEMA reimbursement. This includes mobile home parks, second homes, businesses, and other structures.

LRAPA strongly urges impacted community members to participate in the government cleanup efforts and to not remove hazardous materials and debris alone because of the potential risks to health and safety.