California Wildfires

Bernadette Laos looks for salvageable items in her home that was destroyed by the Kincade Fire near Geyserville, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. 

Sonoma County is working to enter into an emergency contract to remove household hazardous waste from properties that were impacted by the Kincade Fire, Department of Health Services spokesman Rohish Lal said Wednesday morning.

The contractor has not yet been selected, but the hazardous household waste clean up is scheduled to begin Tuesday and take up to three weeks, Lal said.

Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip on Friday ordered community members not to enter the burn footprint without protective equipment and to not begin cleanup activities without authorization by the Department of Health Services Public Health Division.

Hazardous debris after a wildfire can expose residents to toxic materials, and improper transport and disposal of fire debris can create dangerous health impacts, the Department of Health Services said.

The selected contractor will inspect the properties and remove any household hazardous waste that is a threat to humans' and animals' health and the environment. Hazardous materials include batteries, asbestos siding and paints. All commercial, residential and out-buildings impacted by the fire will be inspected regardless of size.

The Kincade Fire that began Oct. 23 and caused the evacuation of 185,000 county residents burned nearly 78,000 acres. It destroyed 374 structures including 174 residences and damaged 60 structures, including 34 residences in Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties.

Sonoma County also is developing a process for a private debris removal program. Additional information is expected by the end of this week.

More information is available at www.socoemergency.org/recover.

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