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Last updated July 12, 2024

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Important deadlines for homeowners:

  • IMPORTANT: June 15, 2024 is the 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.

    For the Alternative Debris program:
  • After the homeowner’s application is approved, a Work Plan must be submitted within 30 days.
  • Upon approval by the County of Maui of the Work Plan, cleanup must be completed within 30
    days.
  • August 1, 2024: Work Plan submission deadline for private cleanup
  • September 15, 2024: Cleanup deadline (30 days after acceptance of the Work Plan)

Clean up Process

The August 2023 Maui wildfire disaster damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 Maui properties and requires 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:

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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 hazardous materials removal process. For more information, visit Story Maps here.

Due to the conditions on the property, some properties were not able to be cleaned up during the Phase 1 effort and are referred to as “deferred properties”.

The US Army Corps of Engineers will handle the hazardous materials removal for deferred properties during Phase 2.

Phase 1 Deferred Properties (PDF)

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 be initiated after Phase 1 hazardous materials removal is complete.

There are two options for fire debris removal from your property.

  • Consolidated Debris Removal Program: Residents who Opt-In and qualify for the Government-sponsored Consolidated Debris Removal Program (Enrollment deadline is June 15, 2024)
  • Alternate Debris Removal Program: Residents who Opt-Out of the Government-sponsored Consolidated Debris Removal Program and select an Owner Funded Clean up. (Enrollment deadline is June 15, 2024)
  • Alternate Debris Removal Program: Residents who Opt-Out of the Government-sponsored Consolidated Debris Removal Program and select an Owner Funded Clean up. (Enrollment deadline is June 15, 2024)

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