Almeda Fire cleanup nears completion as Right of Entry forms for victims are due

PHOENIX, Ore — The Right of Entry form deadline for Almeda Fire victims is Monday, as the state nears completion of the cleanup in Phoenix and Talent.

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I am very pleased with the progress this has made, and the areas are looking much much better.” John Vial, director of Jackson County Emergency Operations Center, said. “We’re now at the six month mark, and we are well on our way to finishing it.”

Vial says the state is more than 90% complete of the total cleanup in the two cities. It began work in January this year, and was given a timeframe of about 6-18 months.

Right of Entry allows the state to clean up property owners’ site of hazardous items and debris for free.

The state has about 200 eligible homes left to complete. Owners who have yet to file the forms, will have to clean and pay for it themselves, once contractors move out of the area.

“They can use the nuisance abatement process or code enforcement process to kind of force the cleanup,” Vial said. “We don’t want to see property owners get there, they suffered enough already.”  

Information about the process can be found in the link above or here: WILDFIRE.OREGON.GOV/CLEANUP or by calling: 503-934-1700

Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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