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Early effects of forest fire on streamflow characteristics

Author(s): H. W. Berndt
Year Published: 1971

A comparison of streamflow records from three small mountain streams in north-central Washington before, during, and after a severe forest fire showed three immediate effects of destructive burning. These were: Flow rate was greatly reduced while the fire was actively burning. Destruction of vegetation in the riparian zone reduced diurnal oscillation of flow rates. Flow rates quickly increased to points above protracted normal depletion rates but to varying degrees. No drastic immediate change in stream temperatures was noted.

Citation: Berndt, H. W. 1971. Early effects of forest fire on streamflow characteristics. Research Note PNW-RN-148. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 9 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Soils, Water
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 18493
FRAMES RCS number: 5541
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 3635
Record updated: Nov 20, 2018