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.