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Step 1 Cleanup

Step 1 Cleanup

What we did in Step 1

Step 1 cleanup was completed early December 2020

Hazardous debris  

Hazardous waste removal

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to evaluate each property for hazardous waste and other dangerous substances, and safely removed them when necessary. This was an important first step to keep Step 2 crews safe while cleaning properties and to ensure property owners’ safety when they return to rebuild.

Step 1 was funded by the federal and state government, and provided free of charge to property owners in all eight counties affected by the fires: Clackamas, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn and Marion.

Hazardous waste includes fuel, car batteries, antifreeze, paint, bleach, fertilizers, pesticides, propane tanks, disinfectants, aerosols, solvents, used oil filters, pool chemicals, ammunition and more. Crews also identified and disposed of large pieces of asbestos materials.

If you have questions about Step 1, call the wildfire debris cleanup hotline (503-934-1700) or email

Frequently Asked Questions

When hazardous waste removal work (Step 1) is complete, EPA posts a “Complete” sign on the property and enters the property into a database that automatically tells the county and state that the property is ready for Step 2 (ash and debris removal).

Check hazardous waste cleanup progress for your property on& EPA’s 2020 Oregon Fires Recovery website.​

Yes. If you didn’t sign up for Step 1 while EPA was doing the work in your area, you can still participate in the assisted cleanup. Sign the Right of Entry form for all wildfire debris with your county as soon as possible to get this work started. State contractors will complete Step 1, hazardous waste removal, on your property before beginning Step 2, ash and debris removal.​