After the Fire...
magazine has compiled a list of resources and information to help homeowners and
others affected by the recent Jesusita Fire. Our offices are here in Santa
Barbara, and several of us were also affected by the fire.
Why erosion control? Once the
fire’s out, land that has lost most of its vegetation is very susceptible to
soil loss. This is especially true in hilly or mountainous terrain. Rain can
wash away large amounts of soil, which causes problems downstream—filling in
channels and causing flooding, for example.
Common measures to prevent
soil loss include putting up barriers to stop soil from moving, including silt
fence, wattles, or sandbags. Mulch, straw, and tackifier or other hydraulically
applied products can also help reduce erosion. The next step is to establish
groundcover. For aesthetic as well as practical reasons, homeowners will want to
preserve the soil on their property and get vegetation established as quickly as
In the Additional Content Box (the green box on the right of this page)you’ll find links to lists
of companies in California that supply erosion and sediment control products,
seed and soil amendments, hydroseeding and landscape architecture services, and
If you are a manufacturer,
distributor, or service provider in the local area and your company is not
listed here, please contact us at to be added to the list.
If you would like to leave a comment or suggestion on how we can better serve you - please click on the "comments link" at the top of this page.
Author's Bio: Janice Kaspersen is the editor of Erosion Control magazine and Stormwater magazine.