Last updated December 8, 2023
About the fire debris removal program
The August 2023 Maui Wildfires Disaster damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 Maui properties and will require a coordinated fire debris removal cleanup. The County of Maui will oversee priorities during the fire cleanup while working in partnership with state and federal agencies who are here to support the community with this process. The cleanup process includes two phases:
- Phase 1: removal of hazardous materials
- Phase 2: removal of other fire debris (shortcut to Right of Entry Application portal)
The below graphic explains the various steps within each phase of the process (click to enlarge):
Phase 1: Hazardous Materials Removal
In coordination with the County of Maui and the State of Hawai‘i, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has assigned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to survey, remove and dispose of hazardous material from all properties impacted by the wildfires in Lahaina, Kula and Olinda.
Phase 1 of the debris removal process is the removal of hazardous materials that may impact human health, animals and the environment through exposure.
EPA has developed an online resource tool that provides information on the process of hazardous materials removal and to answer questions on progress and completion status. For more information, visit Story Maps here.
Some properties were not able to be cleaned up during the Phase 1 effort. See this link for property that had Phase 1 clean-up deferred.
Get Started on the Maui Wildfire Debris Cleanup Right of Entry (ROE) Portal
An online portal has been established for submitting a Right of Entry form. Choose a button below to get started in the portal.
After ROE is Turned in:
Once your application is entered into the system, an email inviting you to create an account along with a link that takes you to the application website will be sent. The email for account creation/confirmation and status change will come from email@example.com.
Property owners should follow the instructions in that email and register so they can receive a notification once their application status changes. Clicking the link in the email will will allow them to upload or update their application by logging in.
If applications are incomplete and the property owner does not go in on their own to update it, they will receive a call from the call center. Calls from the call center’s caller ID will show as ‘State of Hawaii Call Center.’ The phone number is 808-727-1550.
If your house did not burn down, but you still have fire debris, what should you do?
- If your property did not burn down, but you still have fire damage, you would not be able to qualify for FEMA assistance to clean up your property.
- However, please contact Crisis Cleanup Hotline, 808-451-3102
- They can connect you with volunteers from local relief organizations, community groups and faith communities who may be able to assist with cutting fallen trees and ash sifting to find valuables. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. This hotline will remain open through December 22, 2023.
- Please note that this hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance or questions about FEMA registration. Volunteers work free of charge and provide the tools and equipment necessary to complete the work. For more information visit the Crisis Clean up blog.
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