Canyon Fire 2
The rebuilding process
The lives of many Anaheim residents are forever changed following Canyon Fire 2. Rebuilding or repairing a fire- or smoke-damaged home can be one of the hardest things a family goes through.
We are working hard so you don't have to.
We've taken steps to fast-track the plan review process and are waiving plan review fees for homeowners. If you need to remove trees damaged by the fire, we're waiving those permits too.
The following is information we've think might be helpful during this process.
Questions about tree removal?
We know the process can be confusing, but we’re here to help.
The city has three departments that weigh in on trees planted on slopes.
- The Public Works Department reviews planting and removal of trees to maintain slope stability.
- The Planning Department reviews tree removal requests and looks for protected tree species including eucalyptus, sycamore, oak and pepper trees.
- The Fire Department reviews the planting of trees to ensure they won’t serve as fuel to a wildfire.
As the typical rainy season is under way, it’s important to keep slopes stable by not removing existing vegetation or disturbing the slopes in burn areas.
If trees appear to be posing a hazard, we will review them to determine if removal would be the best course of action. To help us do this, please submit the following items:
- If the tree is in an area burned by Canyon Fire 2 and on a slope, you’ll need a letter prepared by a Geotechnical Engineer. The letter should explain how the slope will remain stable following tree removal. The letter from the Geotechnical Engineer should be signed, stamped and also include:
- which trees can be cut down and which trees need to remain in place to maintain slope stability
- What measures need to be put in place to ensure the slope is stabilized, such as ground cover requirements, irrigation and maintenance recommendations
- If the root system and stump need to stay in place
- Updated recommendations to control excessive animal burrowing in the area of the tree removals
- Identify whether the area in question is a natural or manufactured slope.
- Identify the species, location and size of the tree(s) requested for removal and the same for any replacement trees proposed.
- Identify if the removal will include the entire tree and roots or if the root system will be kept in place.
- Indicate if there are any shrubs or low-lying ground cover in place around the tree.