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Firewise Landscape

Fire Recovery

What should you do with your land after a wildfire?
The CNPS Fire Recovery Guide addresses that question in an easy-to-use booklet. The Guide is a collaborative effort between CNPS, dozens of partner organizations, and some of the best fire experts in the state; and covers eleven California habitats commonly affected by fire.

Hold Your Ground: Mitigating the Effects of Post Fire Hydrophobic Soils
Soils damaged by the intense heat of fire become water repellent. This Real Dirt article explains how it happens and what you can do about it. Download an abbreviated version of Post Fire Hydrophobic Soils (pdf)

Rebuilding Soil After Fire
This powerpoint presentation from UC Master Gardeners of Sonoma County covers how wildfires effect soil, soil regeneration and tips for dealing with toxic soil.

Produce Safety after Urban Wildfire
A preliminary report put together by the citizen science initiative of Sonoma County that contains information about the contaminants of produce and soil following the Sonoma Fire.


Landscaping

Firewise Landscaping
Put together by the Sonoma County Master Gardeners after the 2017 fire, this site contains "how to" articles on defensible space, Red Flag Warning Days, watering, best mulches, and fire prevention yardcare. Also included are ongoing articles on a variety of firewise issues.

Landscaping Tips to Help Defend Your Home from Wildfire
Producted by the UC ANR this brief publication provides useful guidelines for people who are establishing or maintaining defensible space around their homes. There are links to additional resources for deep dives into the topics discussed.

Defensible Space Planning and Preparation
A comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand source of information on defensible space planning and practices created by the Napa Communities Firewise Foundation.


Living with Fire

Butte County Fire Safe Council
Contains information about preparing for fire, fire recovery, the location of current fires, and Evacuation plans.

Living with Fire
Created by the Forestry, Fire and Natural Resources Advisor for Sutter, Yuba, Butte and Nevada Counties. Provides useful information before, after and during a fire.  A helpful Wildfire Home Assessment & Checklist is provided along with other firewise tips.

Fire in California
Developed by University of California Cooperative Extension, this site includes fire news, fire science, preparation for fire, what to do during a fire, and fire recovery. A way to contact a UC Fire Expert with questions is also provided.

NFPA Wildfire Division
Provides resources to residents and stakeholders to help ensure that everyone living at risk from wildfire has the information, knowledge, and tools to reduce their risk.

California Wildfires
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety website that provides a variety of information and research on reducing wildfire damage and recovery, including a Wildfire Home Assessment & Checklist (pdf) that provides help in determining what parts of a home and the surrounding property may be most vulnerable during a wildfire. 

Cal Fire
Covers news, information, and regulations concerning home-owners and fire safety preparation.

Cal Fire TV
Informative videos and fire situation reports at Cal Fire's YouTube channel.

Space needed around a house to survive a fire.