Western landscapes are experiencing an increased scale and intensity of wildfires, due in part to climate change, fire suppression, and an expanding wildland-urban interface. The damage to human lives and property caused by wildfires has prompted all levels of government to galvanize planning efforts to better respond to and recover from wildfire. This report summarizes the need for effective wildfire recovery planning for the City of Arcata, California. The city is currently working on its Hazard Mitigation Plan to be eligible for funding under FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs. This report seeks to inform the city by highlighting the importance of incorporating recovery planning into the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Research was conducted via review of other plans and interviews of officials and those affected by wildfires. The gathered information was used to identify current short and long-term resources that exist for the recovery of residents, businesses, and schools. Through this process gaps in current wildfire recovery resources were identified and this information was used to make recommendations to the City of Arcata for their Hazard Mitigation Plan. Recommendations include drafting a comprehensive debris removal plan, having a plan to disseminate information to affected persons, and identifying areas where temporary housing could be erected.
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