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Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup after the Kincade Fire 2019

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The Kincade Fire has had a devastating impact on Sonoma County. With an estimated 374 destroyed structures, the County is working with property owners to clear their properties so rebuilding can begin.

Clearing properties includes two steps:

Step 1: Household Hazardous Waste Sweep – completed by the County.
Step 2: Fire Debris Removal – completed by property owners with support from the County.

Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup

The County of Sonoma will conduct an initial Household Hazardous Waste sweep on properties impacted by the Kincade Fire to protect the public and the environment. The County is working to enter into an emergency contract to begin removing Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from properties impacted by the Kincade Fire at no cost to impacted property owners.

Community members should refrain from entering the burn footprint without personal protective equipment, and do not begin cleanup activities until authorized by the Department of Health Services, Environmental Health. Hazardous debris after a wildfire can be toxic, and improper transport and disposal of fire debris can create dangerous health impacts throughout the community.

The selected contractor will inspect properties and remove any Household Hazardous Waste that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, asbestos siding, and paints. All commercial, residential and out-buildings impacted by the fire will be included, regardless of size.

Hazardous Household Waste clean up will begin the week of November 11, 2019, and is expected to take up to 3 weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions about Household Hazardous Waste Cleanup