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Boise, ID 83702

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2150 Centre Ave., Bldg A
Fort Collins, CO 80526

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Schultz Wildfire 2010

 

The summer of 2010 brought wildfires and near record monsoon rains to the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona. The human-caused Schultz Fire on the Coconino National Forest northeast of Flagstaff was the largest wildfire in Arizona during 2010. It was ignited by an abandoned campfire on June 20th. High winds quickly drove the fire across the steep eastern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks, burning a total of 15,075 acres in 10 days.

Schultz Wildfire 2010

 

Following the fire, heavy rains from the 4th wettest monsoon on record in Flagstaff resulted in numerous debris flows, significant erosion, and substantial flooding of the residential areas below. While debris flows were confined to the forest upslope of residential neighborhoods, multiple sediment and ash-laden floods caused extensive damage to homes, property and infrastructure up to 4 miles from the burn.

 

In early August of 2010, AZGS geoscientists joined researchers from the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station's (RMRS) Southwest Watershed Team to document and quantify the effects of fire on geomorphic and watershed processes following the Schultz Fire. The goals were to provide land managers and government agencies with the tools necessary for assessing and effectively mitigating post-fire geologic hazards, potential impacts to long-term water quality and supply, threats to infrastructure, human life and property, and to understand local landscape evolution processes.

 
Related Links

J.E. Fuller A.L.E.R.T. Precipitation Station data - Here you can find real-time precipitation data for the Schultz Fire burned areas.

 

Aerial Photos and Flight Information

 

RMRS image database of the Schultz Wildfire

 

Coconino National Forest Schultz Fire BAER Information

 

Coconino County Schultz Flooding Information

 

The Arizona Geological Society Newsletter feature article of the 2010 Schultz Fire

Accompanying photos from the Arizona Geological Society Newsletter article

 

Reports
    Field guide for mapping post-fire soil burn severity
    (Parson, Annette; Robichaud, Peter R.; Lewis, Sarah A.; Napper, Carolyn; Clark, Jess T. 2010. Field guide for mapping post-fire soil burn severity. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-243. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 49 p.)
Shultz Wildfire 2010 - Related Publications
    Koestner, K.A.; Carroll, M.D.; Neary, D.G.; Koestner, P.E; Youberg, A.. 2011. Depositional characteristics and sediment availability resulting from the post-Schultz Fire Floods of 2010. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Symposium of the Arizona Hydrological Society; Watersheds near and far: Response to changes in climate and landscape; September 18-20, 2010; Flagstaff, AZ. 5 p.
    Koestner, K.A.; Carroll, M.D.; Neary, D.G.; Koestner, P.E; Youberg, A.. 2011. Depositional characteristics of post-fire flooding following the Schultz Fire, San Francisco Peaks, Arizona. Proceedings of FESP III International Meeting on Fire Effects on Soil Properties, March 15-19, 2011, NIGP - University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. Pp. 90-93.
    Koestner, K.A; Youberg, A.; Neary, D.G. 2011. Field Trip Guide to the 2010 Schultz Fire Burn Area. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Sypmposium of the Arizona Hydrological Society; Watersheds near and far: Responses to changes in climate and landscape; September 18-20, 2011; Flagstaff, AZ. 22p.
    Neary, D.G.; Koestner, K.A. 2011. Rock gabion, rip-rap, and culvert treatments: Successes and failures in post-fire erosion mitigation, Schultz Fire 2010. Arizona Hydrological Society; Watersheds near and far: Response to changes in climate and landscape; September 18-20, 2010; Flagstaff, AZ. 5 p.
    Neary, D.G.; Koestner, P.E. 2011. Rock gabion, rock armoring, and culvert treatments contributing to and reducing erosion during post-wildfire flooding, Schultz Fire 2010. Proceedings of FESP III International Meeting on Fire Effects on Soil Properties, March 15-19, 2011, NIGP - University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. Pp. 128-131.
    Neary, D.G.; Koestner, K.A.; Youberg, A. 2011. Hydrologic Impact of High Severity Wildfire: Learning from the past and preparing for the future.
    Neary, D.G.; Koestner, K.A.; Youberg, A.; Koestner, P.E. 2011. Post-fire rill and gully formation, Schultz Fire 2010, Arizona, USA. Proceedings of FESP III International Meeting on Fire Effects on Soil Properties, March 15-19, 2011, NIGP - University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. Pp. 60-63.
    Neary, D.G.; Koestner, K.A.; Youberg, A.; Koestner, P.E. 2011. Rill and gully formation following the 2010 Schultz Fire. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Symposium of the Arizona Hydrological Society; Watersheds near and far: Response to changes in climate and landscape; September 18-20, 2010; Flagstaff, AZ. 6 p.
    Youberg, A.; Koestner, K.A.; Neary, D.G.; Koestner, P.E. 2011. Geomorphic aspects of post-fire soil erosion, Schultz Fire 2010.   Proceedings of FESP III International Meeting on Fire Effects on Soil Properties, March 15-19, 2011, NIGP - University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal. Pp. 140-143.
    Youberg, A.; Koestner, K.A.; Neary, D.G.; Koestner, P.E. 2011. Rainfall and Geomorphic aspects of post-fire soil erosion, Schultz Fire 2010. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Symposium of the Arizona Hydrological Society; Watersheds near and far: Response to changes in climate and landscape; September 18-20, 2010; Flagstaff, AZ. 5 p.

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