The City wants to ensure that ALL property owners within the Glass Fire burn scar area are aware that the State’s Consolidated Debris Removal Program ALSO includes the removal of fire-damaged hazard trees from private property, regardless of whether there is a burned structure on the property.
Trees eligible for removal from private property include those that are dead or likely to die within five years as a result of the Glass Fire and present a threat to the public right of way including roadways, and/or public infrastructure, fire hydrants, water meters, etc. Property owners who suspect they have eligible hazard trees on their property, may submit a Right of Entry (ROE) form to the County of Sonoma to have the trees assessed for the Program. ROE forms are due by Dec. 15, 2020 and can be found at socoemergency.org/2020-roe.
By submitting the ROE form, residential property owners are granting permission for State contractors to enter onto their property to inspect the trees, and if deemed necessary, safely and efficiently remove eligible hazard trees. In exchange for the State performing hazard tree removal work, property owners agree to pay the State any debris or hazard tree removal insurance proceeds left over after all other debris removal work is complete and paid for. (Additional debris removal may be necessary on a property separate from the State’s Program, i.e., fencing, non-eligible dead trees, etc.). If property owners do not have insurance, the Program is provided at no cost.
The City of Santa Rosa urges residents to not delay on submitting a ROE form if interested in pursuing the program. The State Program is set to begin work in Sonoma County on Dec. 1, and the sooner property owners enroll in the program the quicker work may be able to get started on their parcel following that date.
Residents submitting their ROE form will need to include a copy of their government issued ID and, if insured, a copy of their policy declaration page and debris and/or hazard tree removal coverage page, and Trust or LLC documents (if applicable). Completed ROE forms should be returned to [email protected].
Property owners that do not wish to sign up for the State program will need to follow the City’s guidance for private property tree removal for trees that are damaged or suspected to be damaged by the Glass Fire. That guidance can be found at srcity.org/GlassFireRecovery. Residents may also contact the City of Santa Rosa with any questions at [email protected].