Damages

Wildfires can have disastrous consequences:

  • Damage to residences
  • Damage to commercial buildings
  • Damage to timber, grasslands and natural resources

Economic consequences of fires include:

  • Cost of suppression
  • Reduced property values
  • Lost sales and business revenues
  • Reduced tourism
  • Increased water treatment costs

Resources threatened including communities, homes, gas transmission lines, electrical facilities and lines, timber, watershed and recreation areas, and wildlife.

Fires can have further consequences when mudslides and landslides occur in the burned areas devoid of vegetation. These typicaly occur within a year or so after the fire.