Re-occupancy After a Wildfire

Be sure a clean water supply, electricity, and emergency medical services are restored, reliable, and readily accessible. 

The fires may have deposited large amounts of ash that might contain hazardous or corrosive materials. Do not allow children in areas with visible ash accumulation that are not yet cleaned. 

After the fire event, replace all air conditioning filters with higher filtration rated filters for at least a few weeks to remove entrained fire residue from the air and ductwork. Duct cleaning or replacement may also be required if a visible layer of fire residue remains. Consult a duct cleaning company for advice.

If using gasoline or diesel powered pumps, generators, or pressure washers, be sure to operate these machines only in well-ventilated areas to prevent exposure to carbon monoxide. ​​​​