Tuesday, March 12, 2019

After Wildfire Guide from New Mexico

Screenshot of the online portal. 

As part of our new working group examining the issues around post fire impacts, we are uncovering a variety of methods by which states and communities are addressing these sometimes catastrophic incidents. 

In New Mexico, stakeholders have been facing severe post fire impacts and long-term recovery efforts for decades. New Mexico State Forestry, in partnership with a diverse group of stakeholders (listed below), developed and published the After Wildfire Guide to help communities recover after a wildfire. 

The guide provides information on how to mobilize communities; local, state and federal resources available to communities and individuals for assistance; and a technical guide with information about pre- and post-fire treatments to address the catastrophic effects of a wildfire on the lands and to prepare for potential flooding. The Guide continues to be updated as New Mexico encounters new information to assist communities.  

Take a look! This can be used as a model for other states and regions seeking solutions to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from wildfires. 

Contributing partners to the development of the After Wildfire Guide include the US Forest Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), New Mexico Association of Counties, New Mexico Forest and Watershed Health Coordinating Group, New Mexico State University, the Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the US Army Corps of Engineers. 


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