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Okanogan County Wildfire Recovery

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Resources for Landowners: updated April 6, 2016

 After the Fire: Safety Concerns and Next Steps

Wildfires and Safe Drinking Water

Wait and See

What About the Dead Trees?

Does Salvage Logging Make Things Better or Worse?

Wildfire Impacts on Dams

Looking for a Contractor?

Vendor List

Interagency Burned Area Emergency Response Team Reports: updated Nov 23, 2015

Summary PDF  1MB

Full Final Report PDF 15 MB

The full report includes the summary, plus the engineering, hydrology, soils, fish and wildlife, and cultural resources reports.

Report your natural resource & agricultural losses here:

Wildfire Intake Form

Agricultural Producer Addendum

Permission to Access

Fill out and mail or email to us, or call 509-422-0855 to fill one out over the phone.

Okanogan Conservation District

Attn: Terri

1251 South 2nd Ave, Room 102

Okanogan, WA  98840


We will be working to find funding to assist landowners with natural resource and agricultural recovery actions. Your information is crucial to help us build funding requests.


Flood After Fire

Flood brochure

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 Program (NFIP). Even areas that don't typically flood are at risk when downhill from burned areas.

Find a local agent:

A Note on Flood Insurance: Okanogan County participates in the NFIP and as a result ANYONE in Okanogan County can buy NFIP insurance regardless of disaster declaration or if they are in a mapped floodplain. Please contact us if you are having trouble obtaining flood insurance and we will put you in touch with staff at the NFIP.


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.

After the Burn

Treatments Comparison Table 

Landscape Recovery:

Post-Fire Rehabilitation Treatments 

Restoring Land After Fire

Fireline Rehab Strategies

Wildfire Risk Reduction and Recovery Tips For Homeowners 

Central Washington Fire Recovery Resource Page

Links to Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) fact sheets on tree injuries, erosion control, and other post-fire topics.


Reseeding Burned Areas:

2015 Seeding Recommendations for Erosion & Weed Control

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.

Carlton Complex Resources

Private and State Lands BAER Report (Carlton Complex)

USFS BAER Reports  (Carlton Complex)

Soil Burn Severity Map  (14 MB) (Carlton Complex)

BAER= Burned Area Emergency Response


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.


Okanogan County Assessor: Destroyed Property Form


USDA Farm Services Agency: disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.