While some floods develop over time, flash floods—particularly common after wildfires—can occur within minutes after the onset of a rainstorm. Even areas that are not traditionally floodprone are at risk, due to changes to the landscape caused by fire.
The recent Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge presents a severe risk of floods and landslides now that trees and plants have burned on many steep hillsides. Residents can protect their homes and assets with flood insurance now—before a weather event occurs and it’s too late. And the public should avoid areas prone to flood after rains in a wildfire zone.
See this fact sheet for tips on reducing damage from floods after a wildfire and how to remain safe.