Restoring landscapes after wildfire depends on the severity of damage and time of year. A timely and proactive response to wildfire will prevent further damage and accelerate the recovery of your home landscapes.
If you find your property experiencing one of more of these issues, learn how to mitigate against erosion here.
Depending on the severity of damage, many tree species can withstand and even recover from the effects of fire. To understand the extent of damage, assess these key indicators of fire damage:
For native Californian trees, please review these guidelines on assessing tree damage.
For non-woody vegetation, many species may retain a healthy root system even when their leaves and branches are consumed by fire. Many native plant communities are adapted to fire using this mechanism.
For more information, review the publication below on "Taking care of Residential Trees After Fire" to improve their chances of recovery.
Controlling Invasive Plants
Using native plants in restoration efforts can accelerate the re-establishment of a natural ecosystem, but it is more important to maintain the recovering vegetation to be fire safe. Many plant species resprout quickly after fire, leading to heightened fuel conditions compared to before the fire.
Follow our fire-safe landscaping guide for suggestions on native species and landscape designs to meet your needs: Fire Safe Landscaping
- Smith and Davidson, What Grows Back After The Fire? University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
- Sebade and Mealor, Weeds are really not waiting for a wildfire to pounce on your property but sure can seem so, University of Wyoming Extension
- Skelly (2004), Taking Care of Residential Trees after Wildfire, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
- Gornish (2018), Vegetation Management After Fire, UC Cooperative Extension