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Fire Resources

Black oak basal sprout from a fire killed tree.
Black oak basal sprout from a fire killed tree.

Fire is all but inevitable in our Mediterranean climate, and after 1000's of years, it has shaped the way plants and animals have adapted.

In order to protect ourselves and manage our wildlands in a sustainable and ecological manner, it is crucial we understand the complex role wildland fire plays in California's ecosystems and how to live with and use fire as a tool.

In these pages we have compiled some fire resource we think might be helpful in understanding this complex issue.


Fire in California

A comprehensive guide of fire in California

UCCE Humboldt-Del Norte Fire website

Wildfire Guidance for Home & Business Owners

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

Home Survival in Wildfire-Prone Areas - Building Materials and Design Considerations

Reducing the Vulnerability of Buildings to Wildfire: Vegetation and Landscape Guidelines

National Fire Protection Association - Firewise USA

California Fire Safe Council

Cal Fire

Nations Finest Wildfire Support_Multi County Flier (002)

Mendocino Fire Recovery Information Group

Head of a widland fire.
Head of a widland fire.
The Mendocino Fire Recovery Information Group ( MFRIG ) is a group of local agencies, non-profits, conservation groups and individuals who have a mission to help people help the land. This group includes the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, Inland/Coastal Mendocino Cooperative Weed Management Area, Cal Fire, Mendocino Redwood Company, and citizens of Greenfield Ranch.

Due to Mendocino County's diverse landscape, people and situations, we have assembled a broad range of information you may need to start your recovery work to protect your resources. We compiled pertinent technical information and expertise so you can make decisions on what you may need to do to protect your resources. The timeline is short as the fall season is approaching and additional fires and/or winter rains can cause severe damage to our natural resources.

The following web pages have centralized, somewhat localized sources of information, please make use of these resources:

Information for homeowners and communities on defensible space, living in a fire-prone landscape, fire prevention, and protection.

Do's and Don't of restoration, fire recovery processes, sediment control, landslide hazards, soil, road and stream care.

Guidelines for fuel breaks, forest health, reforestation, regeneration, assessing tree damage and mortality and surveying for invasive plants.

Recovery workshops, financial assistance, seed/straw specifications, lists of support services ie seed, erosion control supplies, foresters, contractors and other websites.