El Dorado Fire Post-Fire Task Force
2022 NACo Achievement Award Winner
San Bernardino County, Calif., CA
Best In Category
About the Program
Category: Risk and Emergency Management (Best in Category)
In late 2020 the El Dorado fire raged in the hills and mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest and adjacent communities right on the heels of the very recent Apple Fire. During the burning of this fire, a post-fire task force was created consisting of local, state, and federal entities in cooperation to prepare for the increased flood hazards that could result due to this disaster during storm events. This partnership was tasked to provide support and protection to the affected communities of the fire and within the downstream watersheds. San Bernardino County Flood Control District (District) assembled a Safety Assessment Team (SAT) as the local county participants to contribute to this task force, provide recommendations, and assist with implementation of flood mitigation measures. In the end, the ultimate goal of the task force was achieved in a timely manner and the community is better protected from post-fire flood hazards that may occur.