Community 2 Community Programs

Every person's needs and their capacity to recover are different. And when you can break it down and share the load, it's more likely that people will make it through.

-Pamela Van Halsema, Tubbs Fire Survivor

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Boots on the Ground

Our Community to Community program comes to visit in person to meet with the community, and asks the simple question, "what do you need, and how can we help?"

Our team pledges to offer assistance for the long term of recovery, for at least three years, if the local community wants it, and our services are always free of charge.

Mentoring, recovery navigation, advocacy, all coming from a place of empathy and respect and care for humanity. We help because we care and want to make the recovery process easier.


Our program helps fire survivors advocate for what they need and we support them as they share their concerns and seek solutions with local, state and federal officials.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars! We've slated the 2023 Wildfire Leadership Summit for September 26, 27 & 28, 2023 in Sonoma, CA at Hanna Center.

Meetups, Networking and Support for Community Leaders

As we listen and hear what challenges you are facing, we make an effort to connect you with people and information that can help. From monthly topical Community 2 Community meetings, to 1:1 hosted virtual networking meetings, to simple email introductions for just-in-time assistance, our program is designed to adapt to your recovery's present situation and serve the community with knowledge-sharing and expert advice.

Adaptable Tools

We are developing a collection of adaptable tools to help leaders take action and support their communities recover and rebuild after wildfire.

The tools emerge from the creative leadership and lived experience of communities who have already gone through wildfire recovery, and incorporate lessons learned and bright ideas that were effective in practice.

Join Our Network

In this era of megafires, we need strong leaders who are ready to collaborate, innovate and share knowledge for recovery and rebuilding. Together, as a Wildfire Resilience Network, we can meet this challenge and reimagine a more resilient way of life across the American West. Contact us to find out more.

Tanni Swisher

Program Director of Santiam Disaster Services - Oregon

logoDue to the abundant generosity and support from After the Fire, I was able to attend the National VOAD conference as a first time attender.  This opportunity was life- changing and would not have been possible without the airfare contribution from After the Fire on Alaska Airlines.  The connections and training gleaned from the conference have enhanced our program’s ability to meet the needs of our community.

Dave Reid

Director, Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Recovery and Resilience


We have been working collaboratively with After the Fire, a leader in the recovery and rebuild space for fire impacted communities across the country. They have shared amazing resources and have been supporters of our community as we have learned and navigated our recovery journey from the 2020 CZU Lightning Complex Fire.

Tools for Community Leaders


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The Milestones in the Long Term Recovery from Wildfire

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ONLINE EVENT: Organizing Your Neighborhood for Wildfire Preparedness with COPE