After The Fire Quick Links

Returning Home

Returning To A Changed Landscape


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

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

Going Home Again (IBHS)

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

Wildfire-related Services in North Central Washington (excel spreadsheet, CWSC)

After Wildfire New Mexico has comprehensive information for communities post-wildfire.  The site is easy to use and very applicable for communities outside of New Mexico.



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

landowner Resources

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

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. 

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.

For Businesses

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.