Recovering from Wildfire: A Guide for California’s Forest Landowners


As a forest landowner, you will eventually face the inevitable: wildfire. No matter how many acres have burned on your property, you are left wondering, “What should I do now?” After the fire is out, it is time to assess the impact of the fire and make some decisions. Wildfires typically have a range of impacts, many of which can be damaging to trees and property. However, when wildfires burn at lower intensities, they often have fewer negative impacts and may actually improve the long-term health of the forest. Understanding the range of impacts on your property can help you decide where and when to take action to protect your land from further impacts and to recoup losses.

This publication discusses issues that forest landowners should consider following a wildfire in their forest, including how to assess fire impacts, protect valuable property from damage due to erosion, where to go for help and financial assistance, how to salvage dead trees or replant on your land, and how to claim a casualty loss on your tax return.

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