Fire Response Help

After the fire: Blue Creek, July 2015
Steep slopes will be prone to erosion for a time.
Erosion from fire suppression efforts
Fences were burned out.
New grass three weeks after the fire
Wild roses regenerating after the fire
Fire retardant will rinse off in the first rain.

The 2015 Blue Creek Fire left landowners with some significant challenges in replanting and restoring damaged land, as shown in the above photos. The District is actively seeking cost-share assistance, but in the meantime, landowners can benefit from the knowledge and experience of both District employees and the staff of NRCS.  Land uses vary, so landowners are encouraged to come to the District where staff can assist in determining the plants, trees, and seed mix adapted to a particular site. NRCS and District staff have put together the following information:

WWCCD Post fire Rehab                                      WWCCD Resource Guide 11-15

Wildfire Recovery Tips (NRCS)


Establishing Permanent Cover  General information on establishing cover in Walla Walla County.

Plant Only Quality Seed How to select high-quality seed for best results.

Native Plant Sources A list of producers of native plants. Always ask if the seed is sourced from Eastern Washington.  A seedling from seeds collected in the Olympic rainforest will not be well-adapted to the Blue Mountains.

Link to Webster Forest Nursery  Order EARLY as sales begin September 1st and the nursery anticipates very high demand.