Safety tips for evacuees returning home

Benjamin Lasker, 16, pauses while looking at what remains of his home after a wildfire swept through Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently "turned a corner" against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past week, and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


As people are slowly allowed back into their homes in Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties, there are several safety issues for residents to remember.

It is advised to wear protective clothing, not touch debris and not turn PG&E service back on.

Ash is a hazardous waste. To be eligible for state-funded debris cleanup by CalRecycle, residents cannot move or spread debris. Any action may force CalRecycle to declare a site ineligible for the program.

Do not transport ash or debris to landfills or transfer stations.

Wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, eye protection, a face mask and gloves.

Do not turn PG&E service on. Either PG&E has been there and turned the gas on or homeowners must wait for them to do so. PG&E can be reached at 800-743-5000.