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Crews Make Progress On Cleaning Hundreds Of Properties Destroyed By Woolsey And Hill Fires

Photo by California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Debris Removal

Crews are making progress on cleaning up hundreds of properties that were devastated by the Woolsey and Hill Fires in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

It has been about six months since the Woolsey and Hill wildfires destroyed more than 1,500 properties. About two-thirds of those are under the state’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program with no direct cost to owners.

“That entails clearing burnt medal, concrete, contaminated soil and ash created by the fire from the property,” says Greg Renick with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

He says crews have cleared about 75% of the properties. And, of those, about half have gone through erosion control. Once that’s complete, officials conduct a walkthrough before submitting the final inspection report.

“That clears the way for property owners to begin final construction," he says.

Renick says 276 final inspection reports have been submitted.

He expects all of the rest of the cleanup to be completed by the end of July.