VENTURA, Calif. – Additional informational meetings have been set for residents affected by the Thomas Fire who are seeking debris removal services from CalRecycle for severely damaged/ or destroyed property. Fire victims are invited to attend whichever meeting is the most convenient as the information presented will be identical at each meeting.


The first meeting in Ventura will be held on Thursday, January 4 at 6pm, and the second Ventura meeting will be held on Saturday, January 6, at 11am. The meetings will take place at Ventura Baptist Church, 5415 Ralston Street, Ventura. Two additional meetings have been scheduled in Ojai on Saturday, January 6. A meeting in Santa Paula is also being scheduled.


Saturday, January 6, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Nordhoff High School – Cafeteria

1401 Maricopa Highway, Ojai


5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 6, Summit Elementary School – Hartman Hall

12525 Ojai/Santa Paula Road, Ojai


During the meetings, residents will hear information from the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) about the second phase of the debris removal. After the presentation, representatives from CalRecycle and CalOES will be available for breakout sessions with residents to answer individual questions.


During Phase II, teams from CalRecycle will remove the remaining debris (including building foundations) from properties with destroyed residential structures.


There is no cost to the property owner for this phase of the work, however residents will need to provide right-of-entry (ROE) forms, insurance information and other important paperwork to allow the clean up their property.


It is strongly suggested that residents sign up for this service as soon as possible and submit the property paperwork to facilitate the safe removal of the debris and ash by CalRecycle. The final deadline to submit the paperwork is January 22, 2018. Copies of the ROE and other forms are available at and the informational meetings. CalRecycle anticipates opening an Operations Center at 290 Maple Court, Suite 120 in Ventura on Tuesday, January 9. Forms and information will be available there as well as the Hall of Administration at the County Government Center and Ventura City Hall.