Sign up or pay up: County to declare 76 Erskine Fire properties nuisances

In this file photo, American flags fly in the South Lake neighborhood after the Erskine Fire burned through it.

Kern County is preparing to hit 76 property owners who lost their homes in the devastating Erskine Fire with orders to remove trash and fire debris from their land.

But they can avoid the order — and costly penalties — by either cleaning up the mess or even better, signing a nine-page form letting the state do it for them for free.

The debris is potentially full of absestos, heavy metals and other public health threats, said Georgianna Armstrong, emergency services manager with the Kern County Fire Department.

So all the properties will be cleaned up

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