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Returning Home After a Wildfire
Returning Home


Many hazards are present after a wildfire. Follow these safety precautions to protect your health and ensure financial eligibility for cleanup assistance.

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  • Do not move or remove ash, debris, or household hazardous waste.
  • Moving onto property prior to debris removal will likely render you ineligible for State or Federal cleanup assistance.
  • Contact Environmental Health Services for more information at (650) 372-6200 or
  • Landslides, Flooding, and Debris Flow Risks: A warning plan to alert residents of potential landslides is being established by the County’s Emergency Operations Center. CalFire’s Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT) prepared a report identifying risks here.