Post Fire Recovery

Post Fire Recovery

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The RCD is offering runoff control materials for eligible properties on a first-on-first served basis. Please compelte the Request for Runoff Control Materials Form if you are in need of materials to reduce toxic runoff around burned structures and vehicles. This support is made possible thanks to the Fire Response Fund at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County


On-Site Post-Recovery Assistance.

Working 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.

To request a confidentail no-cost site visit  compelte the ASSISTANCE REQUEST FORM (please note the it may take up to two-three weeks to receive a vists do to the overwhelmnig response.

Please note the RCD cannot assess your site for issues related to debirs flows or landslides. For a thorough investigation of debris flow or landslide potenial on your property, you should contact a licensed geotechnical engineer. We highly recommend you visit the County of Santa Cruz Debris Flow page for up-to-date information.

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.

pdfWorking with Nature Following Wild Fire - Article by Rich Casale published bu International Erosion Control Assoication

Post-Fire Erosion and Drainage

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

pdfTo Seed or Not To Seed After Wildfire

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

Forested Property 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 - Study from the 2009 Lockheed Fire

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

Post-Fire Debris Flows/Mudslides

pdfHazards From "Mudslides"...Debris Avalanches and Debris Flows in Hillsides and Widlfire Areas California Geological Survey

Debris Flows Explained - Video

County of Santa Cruz CZU August Lighting Fire Debris Flow information

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.