April 26, 2024

Wildfire property owners opting for Alternative Debris Removal Program encouraged to sign up for online notices

The County of Maui Office of Recovery is urging wildfire property owners who opt for the Alternative Debris Removal Program to stay informed by signing up online for important notices.

Owners whose properties were destroyed by the August 2023 wildfire have TWO options for debris removal: either the Government-Sponsored Consolidated Debris Removal or the Alternative Debris Removal Program. Under the government-sponsored program, there are no out-of-pocket costs incurred by the property owners, while the alternative program allows property owners to opt out and manage the cleanup with their own licensed contractors.

Private debris removal is conducted at the homeowner’s expense and must meet or exceed the health and safety standards set by local, state, and federal agencies. Compliance entails adhering to all legal requirements for disposal, utilizing authorized disposal sites, implementing best management practices for on-site activities, ensuring proper transportation and documentation of debris, conducting soil testing, and implementing erosion control measures.

The County is in the final stages of defining the process, guidance documents and forms for private fire debris removal, subject to approval by the Maui County Council.

Important deadlines for homeowners:

  • June 15, 2024: Application deadline to sign up for either the Alternative Debris Removal Program or obtain an approved Right-of-Entry (ROE) for the Government-Sponsored Consolidated Debris Removal, per adopted standards
  • August 1, 2024: Work Plan submission deadline for private cleanup
  • September 15, 2024: Cleanup deadline (30 days after acceptance of the Work Plan)

To ensure that property owners receive critical updates regarding the Alternative Debris Removal Program, owners are encouraged to sign up at www.mauirecovers.org/alternativeprograms.

County of Maui Recovery Permit Center

A vital resource for those who are looking to rebuild in fire-affected areas in Lahaina and Kula as they navigate the permitting process and take the next step toward returning home.

County of Maui Service Center
110 Alaihi St., Suite 207

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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