Last updated February 12, 2024
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.
Phase 2: Fire Debris Removal
Phase 2 is the removal of the remaining structural ash and debris as well as soil testing to ensure the site is clean, safe for rebuilding and free of potentially leached toxins. Phase 2 cleanup can only initiate after Phase 1 hazardous materials removal is complete.
Maui County Consolidated Fire Debris Removal Program
The County of Maui, State of Hawai‘i, FEMA and local officials will coordinate with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers to offer a government-sponsored debris removal program. Maui County residents and businesses whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires have the ability to use the government-operated Maui County Consolidated Debris Removal Program to ensure that their property is cleared of hazardous materials and debris. To obtain service through the government-sponsored program, a property owner must complete a Right-of-Entry (ROE) form to allow these agencies to clean up a property.
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.
Get Support at the Resource Centers
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) Kāko‘o Maui Relief & Aid Services Center
153 E Kamehameha Ave, Suite 101, Kahului (Maui Mall Village, next to Subway)
Open: Monday - Friday at 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Disaster Recovery Center at the Lahaina Civic Center
Monday - Friday at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Saturday at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1840 HI-30 (Honoapi‘ilani Hwy), Lahaina
Kalana O Maui Building Lobby, County of Maui
Monday - Friday at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
Saturday & Sunday closed
Maui County Building Lobby
200 S. High Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
Applicants may also call the State of Hawaii Call Center (supporting Maui County) for assistance in filing out an ROE application at (808) 727-1550, 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (HST), 7 days a week.
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.