Building a community, culture, and landscape adapted to wildfire.

after THE FIRE

Just as our forests adapt to wildfire as a natural part of our ecosystem, our combined capacity as individuals to adapt and overcome adversity will result in greater community resiliency.  The landscape will recover.  However, over the next five years there may be an increased risk of post-fire impacts such as flooding, debris flows, erosion, and downed trees.  After a fire, vegetation that typically slows rainwater is gone and as a result, areas adjacent to, downstream from, or in the fire area, are particularly susceptible to these impacts.  As residents and landowners we can take steps to prepare for these post-fire impacts.  

A Community Resilient.  As a resident you likely have questions about returning home.  If you experienced property damage or loss, many of those questions will center around your insurance policy.  The Institute for Building and Home Safety has prepared the You Can Go Home Again materials to guide you through the recovery process. 


Resilient Forest Communities.  Our community is dependent upon forests for our cultural identity, well-being, and livelihood.  Our community resiliency in the wake of wildfire is interconnected with our capacity to act as forest and land stewards.  The preparation and response to wildfire will drive how we adapt to changing ecological, economic, and social conditions and how we seize future opportunities to create a sustainable forest landscape adapted to wildfire.

We will accept.  We will respond.  We will rebuild.

we will recover




The CWSC is pleased to share our After the Fire video with you.  Click below to learn more about fire recovery and what you can do before and after wildfire.   For use during a workshop or classroom setting, please see our companion discussion guide.  Don’t forget to click “full screen” (the [ ] ) in the lower right portion of the video.

After The Fire Resources

Returning To A Changed Landscape:

After the Fire (resources for people returning home) (CWSC publication)

Protecting Health After a Wildfire (Chelan-Douglas Health District)

Going Home Again (IBHS)

Wildfire-related Services in NCW (excel spreadsheet, CWSC)

Fire Retardant Clean-up (US Forest Service)

Home clean-up (Colorado Extension)


Returning To Home Damage/Loss:


Report Damage to Chelan County Assessor,  Assessment FAQs

Rebuilding and Resilience checklist for homeowners  (CWSC)

Realtors’ Relief Fund

Debris Disposal (US EPA)

Replacing Vital Documents (

Surviving Wildfire by Linda Masterson is an excellent resource.  Order it from Amazon!



CWSC Contractor List

Request to be added to the CWSC Contractor List


The After the Fire Toolkit  has been developed to help community coalitions and emergency responders communicate after the fire information clearly and quickly.

forest landowners


National Timber Tax – Tax Treatment Of Timber

  • The University of California has comprehensive “Recovering from Wildfire” guide for forest landowners.  The guide describes how to assess resource damage, apply erosion control measures, evaluate economic losses, and a summary of tax implications resulting from the loss of timber and damage to property. 
  • Central Washington Fire Recovery has local information for Central Washington and provides one example of how Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team information can be provided to the public.
  • CWSC offers cost share opportunities and technical assistance for forest landowners recovering from wildfire. 
  • If your timber harvest has been affected by wildfire, please notify the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Forest Practices.

A Resilient Business Community

The scars left behind by a catastrophic fire are not only on the landscape but also on the communities affected. Strong community linkages combined with effective leadership from the public and private sectors help build the resiliency needed to move forward. 

–Norma Santiago, County Supervisor, District 5, El Dorado County, Board of Supervisors.

Immediately after the fire:

  • Review the “After the Fire” toolkit for residents, landowners, and businesses
  • Contact CWSC for recovery assistance resources and flood insurance.
  • Follow the steps outlined in the Small Business Administration’s Wildfire Preparedness Checklist after the wildfire.
  • Dispose of disaster debris in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 
  • Work with the Chamber and BVBA to help create key messages for advertising and marketing.
  • Support our community!  Provide “After the Fire” discounts to promote community resilience.


Supporting Our Resilient Business Community

Just as our forests adapt to wildfire as a natural part of our ecosystem, our combined capacity as individuals to adapt and overcome adversity will result in greater business resiliency.  CWSC can help before, during, and after the fire through our Business Resilience Program.