Post-Fire Resources

Debris fan projecting into water. The figure caption provides more information.
A runoff-induced debris flow in the 2021 Dixie Fire burn area covered a portion of Highway 70 and sent sediment and debris into the North Fork of the Feather River. Note the person wearing a fluorescent green vest for scale. Click the image to view the entire scene. Photo credit: Don Lindsay, CGS.

Post-Fire Hazard Assessments

CA Geological Survey/CAL FIRE Watershed Emergency Response Team (WERT) post-fire hazard assessments: Reports prepared rapidly post-fire that document and communicate post-fire risks to life and property posed by debris flow, flood, and rockfall hazards.

U.S. Geological Survey Post-Wildfire Debris Flow Hazard Assessment Viewer: View emergency assessments of post-wildfire debris flow hazards for recent wildfires. Provides basin-level information on debris flow likelihood and volume for a given rainfall intensity as an interactive map as well as downloadable GIS layers.

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team reports: BAER assessments evaluate post-fire hazards and determine the need for and prescribe post-fire treatments for federal lands. These assessments seek to minimize threats to life or property resulting from the effects of a fire or to stabilize and prevent unacceptable degradation to natural and cultural resources. BAER reports are available through Inciweb by searching for the wildfire of interest.

Weather Forecast Information

National Weather Service Western Region: View map of current weather hazards in the western U.S. and access the site for your local weather service office by clicking on the “Weather Forecast Offices” tab. National Weather Service Forecast offices are the official source for post-wildfire flood and debris flow watches and warnings.

Post-Fire Preparedness Resources

California Silver Jackets Flood After Fire California Toolkit: A resource for technical specialists to assess flood and debris flow risk after a wildfire from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-led Silver Jackets multi-agency working group.

Fact Sheets and Other Information

U.S. Geological Survey Post-Fire Debris Flow Hazards Fact Sheet: Tips to keep you safe from post-fire debris flows from the USGS. Disponible en español.

CA Department of Conservation Post-fire Debris Flow Facts. A brief description of post-fire debris flow hazards.

National Weather Service Los Angeles/Oxnard debris flow page: Information and resources for post-fire debris flows from the National Weather Service Oxnard forecast office.

U.S. Geological Survey Landslide and Debris Flow Event Summaries: Geo-narrative summaries of recent impactful post-fire debris flow and landslide events.

U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program: A brief description of BAER evaluation and rehabilitation process for federal lands following a large wildfire.

National Interagency Fire Center description of federal Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program: A description of BAER evaluation and rehabilitation process for federal lands following a large wildfire.

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