Boulder County Public Works’ Resource Conservation Division is currently coordinating a debris removal program for property owners in Louisville, Superior, and unincorporated Boulder County with structures that were destroyed by the Marshall Fire.
The first thing an impacted property owner should do is complete a Right of Entry Form (ROE):
- Online Version – can be submitted electronically
- Print Version – can be downloaded and submitted various ways (information provided on form)
Even if you do not want to participate in the debris removal program, we are asking that you complete an ROE form to let us know your intentions. The ROE will allow the county to immediately remove imminent hazards from properties, and it will also allow the county to perform soil stabilization work in order to prevent ash from being wind-blown and/or from draining into waterways.
Property owners with destroyed homes choosing not to participate in the debris removal program are also asked to submit the form and designate that they are opting out so that Boulder County can accurately track all properties and ensure that cleanup and remediation efforts proceed efficiently and effectively. Completing the ROE and opting out of the debris removal program still allows the county to remove imminent hazards and perform soil stabilization.
The sooner you submit a completed ROE form the sooner Boulder County can begin working to clear properties. Deadline for submitting the form is 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Timing of Cleanup Work
Spoiled Food Cleanup Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14 and 15
Dumpsters will be staged again on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at locations in Louisville, Superior, and unincorporated Boulder County so residents have another opportunity to dispose of spoiled food only. Locations include:
- Superior – South side of Founders Park, 7725 Coal Creek Drive
- Louisville – Louisville Recreation Center, 900 Via Appia Way
- Unincorporated Boulder County – St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 South Boulder Road, Boulder
Please do not bring fire-related debris, water-damaged goods, ash, electronics, or hazardous waste.
Right-of-Way (ROW) Clearing Starts Jan. 14
Right-of-Way (streets, sidewalks, trails, etc.) cleanup efforts will begin Jan. 14. This work is likely to take two to four weeks to complete. Clearing of the public right-of-way (ROW) will include the removal of damaged/destroyed vehicles from roadways, downed trees, and anything else that is blocking roads and sidewalks. See the news release on the announcement of this phase (Disponible en Español).
The ROW removal work will happen in zones (see map of zones) and will take place in the following order:
- Sagamore (S1)
- Old Town Superior (S2)
- Harper Lake (L1)
- Mulberry (L3)
- Rock Creek (S3)
- Coal Creek (L4)
- The Enclave (L2)
- Davidson Mesa (U1)
All removed vehicles will be staged at a location to be determined in Louisville where a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) clearance process will occur. If your insurance agency needs to inspect a vehicle at the staging location, send an email to ROE@bouldercounty.org or call 303-214-3203.
Curbside Collection of Smoke and Wind-Damaged Materials from non Fire-Damaged Properties
After ROW clean-up is complete, a curbside collection program will begin to pick up smoke and wind-damaged items from properties that were not fire-damaged (see flyer for more information). We will do our best to provide notice to impacted property owners in advance of all phases of the debris removal program. If we cannot get in direct contact with you about this work through our door-to-door effort, please complete the damage assessment self-report form by Wednesday, Jan. 19.
Debris Removal at Private Properties
Exact timing of clean-up of individual properties will be determined by the contractors retained to complete the work, but we are hopeful this effort will be underway in February. We are working to ensure that property cleanup takes place simultaneously across all jurisdictions. We will do our best to keep you informed about when work will take place on your property. More information on the timeline will be posted here as it is known. Please complete an ROE immediately to inform the county of your intentions to participate or opt-out of the program.
Please remember that any property owner choosing to conduct structural, ash, and soil clean-up work on their own would be ineligible for the debris removal program and would also be responsible for following local and state permitting requirements and federal regulations, which will include closeout inspections and utility requirements.
Boulder County does recommend and will allow property owners to contact their insurance companies about removal of vehicles from private property.
Sifting through ash and debris for personal effects does not constitute clean-up, so property owners who have been engaging in this activity will remain eligible for the Debris Removal Program. Please be advised that sifting through a property after a fire carries considerable health risks. Boulder County strongly advises against conducting your own sifting operations.
Motor Vehicles on Private Property
It is recommended that property owners with damaged/destroyed vehicles that remain on private property contact their insurance company to assist with the removal of the vehicle. Removal of a damaged vehicle from private property will not make a private property owner ineligible for the Debris Removal Program.
As mentioned above, damaged/destroyed motor vehicles currently blocking the public right-of-way will be moved to a location to be determined in Louisville for a VIN clearance process. If you need to access a vehicle that has been moved, please email ROE@bouldercounty.org or call 303-214-3203.
Hauling Requirements and Licensing
Please be aware that there is a county-mandated licensing requirement for all haulers and contractors who will be transporting ash and fire-related debris. Learn more by visiting the hauler licensing webpage. All privately contracted work must follow local, state, and federal environmental regulations including guidance developed for handling and transporting ash and debris from fires. Review this document to learn more about safe handling of materials. Any contractor hauling ash and/or debris assumes all liability for transporting this hazardous material, which must be properly profiled and manifested through an approved landfill.
Questions and Contact Information
We understand that there are a lot of questions about debris and the cleanup program. We have started a Frequently Asked Questions webpage that will be updated with new information as questions come in and more details are known.
For more information on the debris removal program, please visit the Debris Booth at the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC), 1755 South Public Road in Lafayette between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. every day. You can also call the debris hotline at 303-214-3203 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. every day.