Debris Removal - 2021 Fires

The deadline to submit Right-of-Entry forms for River Complex is January 15, 2022.


2021 Debris Operations Dashboard



DTSC and the California Conservation Corps (CCC) will be assisting the County and property owners impacted by the River Complex starting on November 8, 2021. Work will include emergency protective measures for erosion and debris control, removal of Hazardous Household Waste (HHW), and removal of debris and hazard trees. The California Conservation Corps will implement emergency protective measures to protect private property and waterways in the Coffee Creek area from erosion and debris flows. Emergency protective measures will include the use of straw wattles and other sediment control devices. For more information, review the press release here.  

Phase 1 - Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Removal 

Trinity County Environmental Health requested the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (“DTSC”) to assist the County and property owners impacted by the Monument Fire and the River Complex. This help consists of two phases; phase one - removal of household hazardous waste (HHW) for the Monument Fire started on September 14th, 2021 and has been completed.

Phase 2 - Burn Debris Removal

Phase 2 involves the removal of remaining burn debris, in cooperation with property owners, CalRecycle (California Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery), and CalOES (California Office of Emergency Services). Property owners who are eligible to participate in the state program and wish to participate must complete a Right of Entry (ROE) form and submit it to the County by November 30, 2021. Phase 2 will commence once an adequate number of Right of Entry (ROE) forms have been collected. County Staff have mailed out ROE forms to all impacted property owners and will be in contact with all property owners to initiate Phase 2 for removal of the remaining burn debris from the property. County and State workers will not enter a property for burn debris removal without the express written consent of the property owner, unless it meets the HHW criteria. All other burn debris removal needs the property owner’s permission.

Property owners that are not eligible for the state program or who elect not to participate in the state program for removal of some or all of the fire debris and hazard trees on their properties must comply with the requirements of the Alternate Program. This includes obtaining an Encroachment Permit for Hazard Tree removal in the County Right of Way (ROW).

A call center line has been established for Northern Divison debris operations. Property owners enrolled in the State Debris and Hazard Tree Removal program can call 855-596-5734 with questions or to find out the status of their property. 


Right of Entry (ROE) Form

Urgency Ordinance (#1360)

Opt-Out Waiver

Encroachment Permit Information

Press Release - Debris Removal in Coffee Creek 110121

Press Release - Debris Removal - Monument Fire 090321

Wildfire Debris Cleanup and Recovery - CalRecycle

Debris Removal Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Debris Removal Flyer