Sonoma Ecology Center

Post-Fire Tips for Sonoma Valley Residents

UPDATE: For more complete tips and information, please see our new Sonoma Valley Fire Recovery page.


Wildfires swept through more than a quarter of Sonoma Valley in October 2017. Many returning residents want to expedite the healing of their land but aren’t sure how to go about it.

The most important rule is to be safe. Assess the property carefully before acting. Watch out for potential hazards. Consult with professionals as appropriate.

Remember that the land has burned frequently over thousands of years. The native plants and animals are adapted to recover from fire. Be patient. Anticipate the wildflowers next spring!





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Note: Information on this page is being updated as needed. Tips may not apply to all sites. Information sources include Sonoma Ecology Center, North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative,, and