Tulare County is offering two ways for property owners to manage the fire debris and ash from wildfire disaster.

Having trouble determining which program to participate in? Click here to help decide which program is best for you and your situation. 

Here is an FAQ document to help explain the process for Debris Removal and the two different phases. 

State-Sponsored Consolidated Debris Removal Program

Please note: the deadline for the State-Sponsored Consolidated Debris Removal Program has been extended to February 15, 2021. 

Affected property owners who wish to participate in Phase II of the Consolidated Debris Removal Program should complete the Debris Right of Entry form and return it by February 15, 2021. Click here for the Debris Removal Application

This form can be mailed, faxed, e-mailed, or dropped off in person. To complete this form, you may need a few documents to attach as back up to your application:

  • Homeowner's Insurance Policy (declaration page)
  • A "total loss" letter from your insurance company
  • Any secondary insurance policies
  • Auto Insurance Policy (if damaged/destroyed vehicles are on the property)


Alternative Fire Debris Removal Program through Tulare County Environmental Health Division

Property owners who choose not to participate in the State-sponsored Consolidated Debris Removal Program (or are not eligible) will need to submit the following documents to Tulare County at least two weeks prior to the proposed start of debris removal. Debris Removal may begin when both the application and the work plan are approved, and the demolition permit has been issued. The Deadline to submit your application for the Alternative Fire Debris Removal Program is February 15, 2021. 

Click here for a link to the Alternative Fire Debris Removal Program Road Map.

Complete and submit both the Work Plan and the Alternative Fire Debris Removal Program Application to the Tulare County Environmental Health Division via email at: tceh@tularehhsa.org for properties within Tulare County. 

For any questions, please contact Tulare County Environmental Health at: (558) 624-7400. 



Tulare County will be offering trash bins for residents returning to their homes following the SQF Complex Fire. These dumpsters will be available for residents to dispose of household items that were left inside at the time of evacuation. Residents can pick up trash bags at both the Camp Nelson Fire Station and the Porterville Local Assistance Center.

Bins will be available at the Camp Nelson Transfer Station. Overflow bins will be available down the hill at Springville Transfer Station. Please do not use the any other bins in the area. County staff will be working to empty the bins as much as possible.

REMINDER: No hazardous waste or household hazardous waste, e-waste, appliances, furniture, construction materials, or ash will be allowed to be disposed at these locations.

Camp Nelson Transfer Station

Located on State Route 190, 2 miles East of Camp Nelson

OPEN  Sunday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and Monday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Springville Transfer Station - OVERFLOW ONLY

Located on State Route 190, 1.5 miles South of Springville

OPEN Friday and Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Informational Resources

Once a wildfire has burned through an area, many dangers may remain. Below are resources and informational materials for returning home following a wildland fire.