After the Fire
After a catastrophic wildfire, quick action must be taken to minimize social, environmental and economic devastation. Responsive action requires navigating a complex maze of diverse landowners, community organizations and numerous local and federal requirements.
Given enough time, forests eventually heal from wildfire, but that healing process can take decades or even centuries. They simply won’t heal quickly without human intervention. Timely rehabilitation efforts reduce environmental impacts of fire and can have a positive impact on the community’s social and economic situation in the months and years after the fire. Perhaps most importantly, quick and effective rehabilitation efforts improve public health and safety.
This page is intended to provide website links containing valuable post-fire recovery and restoration information. We hope it will prove useful in helping your community establish plans and priorities that protect its citizens, homes, essential infrastructure and resources from the destruction that occurs after a catastrophic wildfire.
The post wildfire playbook was developed for counties, tribes, municipalities, and water providers since they are typically the entities most directly and immediately impacted by wildfire and post-fire erosion and flooding, yet there is a gap in guidance in terms of navigating the complexities surrounding post-fire rehabilitation. This Post-fire playbook is designed to help fill that gap, by serving as an actionable worksheet that includes specific and critical steps to take and contacts to make before, during, and within the first 30 days of a fire to facilitate the process.
You can access and download the Post-fire Playbook here.
Homeowners & Residents
Private Land Management
A Guide for California’s Forest Landowners
Community & Small Business
Post Fire Guides & Toolkits
CUSP Phoenix Guide
After Wildfire: Guide for NM Communities
After Fire: Toolkit for the Southwest
Ready.gov: What To Do After A Wildfire
Oregon Post-Wildfire Flood Playbook
National Association of Counties Post-Fire Playbook
Clean Up & Recovery
Wild land Fire Chemical Clean Up
DOE Oversights Monitoring FAQ
Safe Clean Up for Fire Ash
Rapid Response Vegetation
Understand Burn Severity
Flooding: Post Fire Expectations
Prevent Exposure to Contaminants
Seeding Fact Sheet
Log Erosion Barriers
Straw Bale Check Dam
Modified Crib Wall
Hesco Flood Barrier
Erosion Control Mat
Rock Check Dam
Concrete Barrier Wall