Resources for Landowners
UPDATE MAY 2015: Summer thunderstorm season is here...which means increased risk of floods and debris flows in the burn area. Be prepared and stay aware of the weather. Resources for weather info here.
The Okanogan Conservation District is working with local, state, and federal agencies to seek funding so we can assist landowners who need post-fire help to restore forest and pastures and to reduce the risk of flash flood damage.
If you are a private landowner who has had natural resources and/or agricultural infrastructure damaged by the wildfire, please consider filling out a Restoration Needs Form. The more evidence we have of needs to be met, the more effectively we can make a case for funding to provide technical and financial assistance. Forms may be sent to us by mail, email, or dropped off at our office in Okanogan. We will begin scheduling site visits as soon as we receive satellite imagery on burn severity.
Soil Burn Severity Map (14 MB)
BAER= Burned Area Emergency Response
FLASH FLOOD RISK: HIGH!
Flash floods can affect burned land AND land downhill from burned areas. Stay aware of the weather, especially heavy rain or rain that lasts for more than 1/2 hour. A flash flood after a fire carries with it not only water, but also ash, making the flow material extremely dense like liquid cement.
If you think you may have a flood risk due to wildfire, talk to your insurance agent NOW about FEMA National Flood Insurance. Even areas that don't typically flood are at risk when downhill from burned areas.
Seeding, Erosion, Landscape Recovery:
Carlton Complex Seeding Recommendations from NRCS (Natural Resource Conservation Service)
Carlton Complex Seeding Rates from BFI Seeds (for seeds sourced closest to the Carlton fires)
Rainier Seed Company has Lawn, Hay & Pasture, and Habitat seed mixes suited to this area, available at local feed stores.
Soil Erosion After Wildfire: The potential for severe soil erosion is a consequence of wildfire because as a fire burns it destroys plant material and the litter layer. 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.
Links to Other Agencies' Resources:
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife statement on assisting with recovery.
Emergency Permits for Fire Recovery for work along or in streams and rivers.
Links to Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) fact sheets on tree injuries, erosion control, and other post-fire topics.
Okanogan County Assessor: Destroyed Property Form
USDA Farm Services Agency: disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.