Skip

Arizona Wildfire Recovery Tips

Wallow Fire, site near Nutrioso, Arizona.Arizona Wildfire Recovery Tips

As more homeowners move into rural areas to get away from crowded urban areas, they can unknowingly place themselves in harm’s way. Building homes in wooded and/or brushy areas is aesthetically pleasing, but homeowners need to be aware of the potential dangers from wildfire and how to protect their homesites from wildfires. Homes that are even far away from a fire can still be impacted.

The potential for severe soil erosion exists after a wildfire because as a fire burns it destroys plant material and the litter layer. Shrubs, forbs, grasses, trees, and the litter layer break up the intensity of severe rainstorms. Plant roots stabilize the soil, and stems and leaves slow the water to give it time to percolate into the soil profile. Fire can destroy this soil protection.

There are several steps to take to reduce the amount of soil erosion. A landowner, using common household tools and materials, can accomplish most of these methods in the aftermath of a wildfire. More specific information on how to implement the soil erosion control techniques that follow can be found by accessing the links below.

News Releases

NRCS Provides Financial Help to Cochise County for Horseshoe Two Fire Recovery

August 8, 2011The potential for flooding and erosion is a serious threat to those in the areas consumed by the Horseshoe Two fire. To help reduce this flooding danger, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing more than $164,000 of financial help through its Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP).

Links...
News Release (August 8, 2011)


NRCS and Greenlee County assess damages, determining what sites need urgent protection.Greenlee County Receives Funds from NRCS for Wallow Fire Recovery

August 4, 2011The community of Blue, Arizona is small, however the community support and neighborly actions are undeniable. With their land burned from the Wallow fire, the community strives to protect their homes and property from flooding, the newest threat to the area. To help reduce flooding and erosion damages, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $185,646 of financial help to Greenlee County through its Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP).

Links...
News Release (August 4, 2011)
 

Apache County crews work to install concrete barriers to protect a home in Alpine. Apache County Receives Additional Funds from NRCS for Wallow Fire Recovery

July 26, 2011  Severe flooding and erosion are serious threats to the communities impacted by the Wallow fire. To help reduce flooding and erosion damages, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $90,300 of additional financial help to Apache County through its Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP).

Links...  
News Release (July 26, 2011)
 

NRCS staff work with landowners in the aftermath of the Monument fire.Cochise County Receives $131,000 from NRCS for Monument Fire Recovery

July 20, 2011Though the Monument fire reached full containment earlier this month, the burned area is at severe risk for excessive erosion and flooding. To help prevent possible damage from summer monsoon rain, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $131,000 of financial help through its Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP).

Links...
News Release (July 20, 2011)

Concrete barriers are installed by Apache County to direct water runoff in Alpine.Apache County Receives $400,000 from NRCS for Wallow Fire Recovery

July 14, 2011Where hundreds of thousands of acres were consumed by the largest wildfire in Arizona’s history, potential flooding and erosion now linger. To help reduce this flooding danger, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing $400,000 of financial help through its Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP).

Links...
News Release (July 14, 2011)

Helpful Links

Horseshoe Two Fire Brochure

Wallow Fire Recovery Brochure

Wildfire Risk Reduction and Recovery Tips for Homeowners

Seeding Information for Private Land Owners Affected by Southeastern Arizona Fires


Seeding Information for Private Landowners Affected by the Wallow Fire

Fire Tips

Apache County Flood Preparedness Guide

Coconino County Flood Preparedness Guide

Technical Assistance

Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)

Conservation Planning and Technical Assistance