I have heard from many confused and concerned people eager to cleanup. There have been many unanswered questions. There are some simple but important things we have learned about property cleanup.
This information has been gathered from reliable sources and has been confirmed by Fresno County. It will soon be available on their website. Until then, this is what we know.
Complete property cleanup will begin soon for all with homes destroyed in the Creek Fire with no out-of-pocket cost.
If you begin cleaning up your property on your own, you could be disqualified from the government help. If you are considering government help - STOP.
Those who want to use a licensed contractor and pay for cleanup with their insurance can officially opt-out of the government cleanup.
If you have insurance and want to use the government cleanup, you can, but you must agree to give the "debris removal" portion of your insurance payout to the state.
For detailed information about the cleanup process and what you can expect click here. I will continue to provide updates to you as the County shares information.
I can't imagine the despair and frustration many of you are experiencing. The good news is, the cleanup crews are coming. It will be done at no cost to you.
As you go through this, please know that my staff is always available to answer questions at 559-446-2029. If we don't know the answer, we will find out.