Many areas in the West and South are at an increased flood risk due to wildfires in recent years. While the West typically experiences most wildfires in the fall, the wildfires are most active in the South during late-winter and early-spring months. The rainy seasons that follow can lead to severe flooding.
After a wildfire, the charred ground where vegetation has burned away cannot easily absorb rainwater, increasing the risk of flooding and mudflows for several years. Properties directly affected by fires, and those located downstream of burn areas, are most at risk. To learn more about flood risks after wildfires, download this fact sheet.
Be prepared! Purchase flood insurance for your home (and business) and its contents, take an inventory of your belongings and make an emergency plan for you and your family. For more information, click here.