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Deadline is today for free fire debris cleanup

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Cleaned sites await the placement of new manufactured homes after the original homes were destroyed by the 2020 Almeda fire.

Monday is the last day to sign up for free cleanup of debris left behind in the aftermath of the 2020 Almeda and South Obenchain fires in Jackson County.

In order to take part, property owners need to submit a right-of-entry form to allow government-funded cleanup contractors onto their land.

To submit a form and for more information, visit wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup or call the wildfire debris cleanup hotline at 503-934-1700.

Crews will remove ash and structural debris, hazardous trees, concrete foundations, burned vehicles and other debris at no cost to the property owners. Once cleaned, the property will be ready for rebuilding. The owner will receive a letter from the state of Oregon saying the property cleanup is complete.

So far, crews have finished cleaning up 1,417 home sites, representing approximately 87% of all home sites enrolled in the program, officials said.

On-the-ground cleanup of general fire debris started in January with an estimate that the work could take six to 18 months. Now five months into that work, officials estimate the cleanup could approach completion near the six-month mark.