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Stream shading, summer streamflow and maximum water temperature following intense wildfire in headwater streams

Author(s): Michael Amaranthus, Howard Jubas, David Arthur
Editor(s): Neil H. Berg
Year Published: 1989
Description:

Adjacent headwater streams were monitored for postfire shade, summer streamflow and maximum water temperature following the 40,000 ha Silver Complex fire in southern Oregon. Average postfire shade (30 percent) for the three streams was considerably less than prefire shade (est.>90 percent). Dramatic increases in direct solar radiation resulted in large but variable increase in maximum water temperature. Increase was greatest in Stream C where temperature increased 10.0 deg C. Stream B increased 6.2 deg C. Stream A increased 3.3 deg C.

Citation: Amaranthus M, Jubas H, Arthur D. 1989. Stream shading, summer streamflow and maximum water temperature following intense wildfire in headwater streams. Pages 75-78 In: Berg NH (tech. coord.). Proceedings of the Symposium on Fire and Watershed Management: October 26-28, 1988, Sacramento, California. General Technical Report PSW-GTR-109. Berkeley, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station.
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Weather
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
NRFSN number: 18470
FRAMES RCS number: 10855
Record updated: Nov 20, 2018