Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland
U.S. Forest Service
2150 Centre Avenue Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Coming home after a wildfire can be difficult. Not only the physical ramifications, but the emotional toll it can take. The damage to property is unknown to many homeowners. We sympathize with those who have been affected by these fires, and want to provide some ways in which you can prepare yourself before returning to your house. Check out the infographic attached below to get ideas for things that you need to do once you’re able to return to your home. Visit https://www.larimer.org/wildfire-resources for recovery resources for residents impacted by the 2020 Larimer County wildfires.
Once an initial assessment is done, it’s important to take extra precaution during the clean-up phase.
- Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, appropriate cloth face coverings or masks, and sturdy thick-soled shoes during clean-up efforts.
- When cleaning up ash, use a respirator to limit exposure. People with asthma and/or other lung conditions should take precautions in areas with poor air quality, as it can worsen symptoms.
- Wildfires dramatically change landscape and ground conditions, which can lead to increased risk of flooding due to heavy rains, flash flooding and mudflows. Flood risk remains significantly higher until vegetation is restored. Prepare your property for these types of potential further damage.
- Consult experts on the best way to restore and plant your land with fire-safe landscaping.
Most importantly, be available for family, friends, and neighbors who may need someone to talk to. Many people may already feel fear and anxiety during this pandemic. The threat of a wildfire can add additional stress. You may need to talk to someone, too. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends, family, or professionals if you need help coping with your stress, anxiety, or grief. If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, or grief and need someone to talk to, please reach out to Colorado Crisis Services by calling 1-844-493-8255 or text "TALK" to 38255.
Check out https://www.ready.gov/wildfires for more information on how to safely repopulate after a wildfire.