Post Fire Recovery

Post Fire Recovery

Davidson2 2008 27Working closely with our federal partner, the UDSA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the RCD is offering post-fire recovery assistance to the community. These services include on-site technical and planning help to assess post-fire land conditions and recommend appropriate actions related to natural resources includling:

  1. Runoff, erosion and drainage issues
  2. Private road and culvert damage
  3. Stream impacts
  4. Winter preparedness
  5. Tree health

We may also be able to provide permit assistance for post-recovery actions and help agricultural and forest landowners find and navigate potential funding resources to reduce the cost burden making repairs and protecting the land.

For questions about toxic waste and hazardous debris removal or  water quality related to your potable water supply, please visit the County of Santa Cruz Environmental Health.

The USGS has posted a post-fire debris flow hazard map. Please note that they may still be updating data, so the map may not show the final burn perimeter. USGS Santa Cruz-San Mateo maps. For a thorough investigation of debris flow or landslide potenial on your property, you should contact a licensed geotechnical engineer.

Please complete the post-fire recovery ASSISTANCE REQUEST FORM so that we can determine how best to assist you.

FREE WEBINAR SERIES: Protecting your Land After a Wildfire.

This FREE online series provides residents with an understanding of the short and long-term effects of wildfire on the landscape and best practices for aiding the recovery process. Recorded September 2020, via live Zoom meetings, the series in now available online.


Video recording of 'Protecting your Land After Wildfire' presentations:

Post-Fire Restoration: What Works & What’s a Waste of Time

Understanding Forest Regeneration & Hazard Tree Management

Managing Drainage & Erosion on Private Property & Roads After Fire

Preparing for Post-Fire Changes Along Streams & Waterways 


Workshop Series Materials:

Part 1: Post-Fire Restoration: What Works & What’s a Waste of Time

pdfPresentation Slides

pdfBest Practices to use following wildfire



General Post-fire Recovery
pdfAfter the Fire - Dos and Don'ts
pdfPost-Fire Top Ten List - What property owners should consider after fire.
pdfAfter the Fire - Post Fire Safety During Recovery Operations - Safety information for returning to your property.

pdfFire Recovery Guide - Comprehensive guide from the California Native Plant Society.

Post-Fire Erosion and Drainage

pdfDon't Plant Santa Cruz Erosion Control Mix - Important information on erosion control seeding.

pdfAfter the Fire - Preparing for Winter Post Wildfire - Getting ready for rains and managing increased runoff.

Forested Propery Recovery

pdfAfter the Fire - Restoration on Forestland and Woodland areas
pdfRecovering from Wildfire: A guide for for California's Forested Landowners - Published by University of California Ag and Natural Resources

Burned Trees and Hazard Trees

pdfDamage and Mortality Assessment of Redwood and Mixed Conifer Forest Types in Santa Cruz County Following Wildfire

pdfBurned Oaks. Which will survive? Published by University of California Ag and Natural Resources

pdfAfter the Fire - Hazard Tree Removal

Creeks and Streams After Fire

pdfWildfire and Its Effects on Streams and River

Case Studies and Lessons Learned

pdf2017 North bay fires, Lessons for Watershed Organizations - Presentation from the Russian Riverkeepers
pdfPost Wildfire Slope and Channel Processes - Presentation from After the Martin Fire.