Returning to Your Property

Contact Your Insurance Company

Make sure you contact your insurance company or agent for an insurance assessment before starting clean-up of your property. Removal of debris prior to insurance assessment could affect your insurance claim.

Health Effects of Ash

All persons accessing burned structures should be aware of the hazards associated with those sites. Cleanup efforts may expose you to ash, soot, and fire decomposition products that may cause irritation and other health effects. AVOID direct contact with ash. If you get ash on your skin, in your eyes, or in your mouth, wash it off as soon as you can. Ash from burned structures is generally more hazardous than forest ash. Fire ash contains tiny particles (dust, dirt, soot) that can be deposited on indoor and outdoor surfaces and can be inhaled if the ash becomes airborne. Ash may contain traces of hazardous chemicals such as metals like lead, cadmium, nickel and arsenic; asbestos from older homes or other buildings; perfluorochemicals (from degradation of non-stick cookware, for example); flame retardants; and caustic materials. For these reasons, it is advisable to be cautious and avoid exposure to the ash. More information on the Heath Effects from Home and Building Ash can be found in Environmental Health's Press Release.

Property Tax Relief

The Nevada County Assessor's Department if offering Property Tax Relief to those who lost or has damage to their property due to the fires. Fill out a Calamity Reassessment Claim Form and return to our Assessor's Office by December 11th, 2017. Property owners can also choose to delay the payment of the December 11th, 2017 first installment of their 2017/18 property tax bill.

Next Steps

Find more information on the clean-up/debris removal process and what to know before you start rebuilding your home or structures on our Cleaning Your Property and Rebuilding Your Home web pages.