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post_fire_debris_flow_LNF_photo.pngOver the past several decades, the occurrence of large fires has increased in many western US forests. Associated with the rise in fire activity is the incidence of post-fire debris flows and their effects on watershed resources and associated communities. Post-fire debris flows can be defined as fast moving, gravity-driven landslides containing mud, sand, soil, rock, water, and air and traveling downslope on recently burned landscapes. The resources listed here address factors that influence the occurrence and severity of debris flows, potential consequences of post-fire debris flows, debris flow assessment, and mitigation efforts such as pre-fire fuel treatment and post-fire soil, slope, and channel stabilization.

This hot topic was developed in partnership with Montana State University and Rocky Mountain Research Station.

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