Wildfire Recovery Update - May 17, 2021

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Marion County Oregon

May 17, 2021

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In this issue:

By the numbers - Building & Septic Permits

As of April 30, 2021, Marion County Building Inspection has issued 143 (21%) building permits and 204 (29%) septic permits in wildfire recovery areas. This is out of an estimated 697 properties destroyed or damaged in the September 2020 wildfires. 

The process of rebuilding can be daunting. Marion County Building Inspection has created information sheets that explain the process, and what happens at each step, for both building and septic permits. 

You can find printable flyers on the county's wildfire recovery web page
➡️ Septic Permit Process
➡️ Building Permit Process 

Questions? Contact Marion County Building Inspection  at (503) 588-5147 or building@co.marion.or.us

Graphic of building and septic permits

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Debris Management Task Force Update

Weekly Update - May 14, 2021 

Beachie Creek/Lionshead Fire areas

Santiam River corridor, primarily in Marion and Linn counties, Highway 22 and adjacent area

Debris removal in Detroit, Gates, and the surrounding area continues. Moving from east to west, hazard tree work continues in three locations at milepost 38, and tree removal continues between mileposts 33-35, 51-52, and 57-58.

Debris removal work at the Upward Bound Camp property continues and asbestos testing is underway. While motorists should expect long traffic delays, crews are working longer on weekdays to alleviate congestion on the weekends.

We ask all motorists to use alternate routes if possible and to plan ahead for heavy traffic over Memorial Day weekend.

Residents can check for step 2 cleanup progress using ODOT's interactive address lookup map. Questions about wildfire cleanup? Call the wildfire debris cleanup hotline at (503) 934-1700 or email odot.wildfire@odot.state.or.us


Still time to submit Right of Entry forms 

As debris removal picks up, we want to ensure that remaining property owners not yet participating can still opt in to the state cleanup program. 

If you have fire-damaged property and want help with cleanup at no cost, you’ll need to sign and submit a property access agreement called a Right of Entry form. The Right of Entry form allows crews onto your property to remove ash and debris, hazard trees, concrete foundations and burned vehicles.

Gates area map with property cleanup status

Step 2 Cleanup Progess Gates area. Click image to view interactive map.

Rebuilding Detroit

The Debris Management Task Force recently visited with Dean O'Donnell of Mountain High Grocery and the Detroit Lake Recreational Area Business Association about the rebuilding effort in the Santiam Canyon.

He emphasized the impact of summer visitors to the area's economy and how the community is looking forward rather than backward.

Crews are working to clear ash and debris from residential and commercial properties in the area with hazard tree removal continuing along Hwy. 22.For regular updates visit debriscleanupnews.com. 

Read the article: Rebuilding Detroit

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