Residents living in and around areas impacted by wildfires, such as the Western U.S., face an increased risk of flooding - for up to several years after a wildfire. It typically takes 30 days for a new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) insurance policy to go into effect, so the time to buy flood insurance is now.
Visit the Floodsmart.gov - Flood After Fire: Your Increased Risk page to learn more.
Control Water Run-Off
Anyone disturbing the site to develop an erosion control plan and take measures so ash, mud, and debris do not flow onto other people's property or into streams. Set up erosion control fences, chip and spread yard debris, bring in straw, or use sandbags to protect your soils. Tips to Protect You, Your Property, and Your Community. For tips to protect you, your property, and your community, please review the Solid Waste District Wildfire Debris Information Sheet - October 2, 2020 (PDF).
Visit our Hazard: Flood and River Levels page to learn more.