Santa Cruz County Fire Recovery

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Environmental Health

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2020

If your home was lost or damaged during the fire, please know that you have our sympathies. Environmental Health will be here to work with you to make the effort to reenter and rebuild your home as safe and easy as possible. The documents below cover fire related concerns including reentry, debris removal, wells and water systems, septic systems, and other environmental health related questions. 

We understand the desire to clean up as soon as possible following a devastating fire, but you must not remove anything from a damaged property until the hazardous waste removal by the USEPA is completed. That process will begin September 28th. Fire debris is not being accepted at landfills until the hazardous waste step has been completed. This requirement is to protect you, your neighbors, and the environment. Per the health officer order, no cleanup can occur without Santa Cruz County Environmental Health approval. Thank you for understanding.

To help you find the information you are looking for, please choose from the following scenarios:

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My house and/or other structures were damaged or destroyed and I need information about debris removal and temporary housing.

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My landscape was damaged and I'm concerned about my water source or septic system.

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The developed part of my property was undamaged by the fire but I am interested in information about ash cleanup and erosion control.

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