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Geomorphic aspects of post-fire soil erosion - Schultz Fire 2010


Youberg, Ann; Koestner, Karen A.; Neary, Daniel G.; Koestner, Peter E. 2011. Geomorphic aspects of post-fire soil erosion - Schultz Fire 2010. In: Goncalves, Antonio Bento; Vieira, Antonio A. B., eds. Proceedings of the 3rd International Meeting of Fire Effects on Soil Properties; 15-19 March 2011; University of Minho, Guimaraes, Portugal. Guimaraes, Portugal: Universidade do Minho, NIGP e CEGOT. p. 140-143.

The summer of 2010 brought wildfires and near record monsoon rains to northern Arizona, USA, which generated debris flows and floods that caused extensive damage. The human-caused Schultz Fire on the Coconino National Forest northeast of Flagstaff was the largest wildfire in Arizona during 2010, burning 6,100 ha between June 20th and 30th. Ignited by an abandoned campfire, high winds drove the fire over approximately 60% of the total area burned during the first 12 hours (U.S. Forest Service, 2010). The majority of the area burned at moderate (27%) or high (40%) severity across slopes of 30% to over 100%, through forests of ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. Nine of 11 watersheds were almost completely burned, with areas of high burn severity covering more than 50% in 3 watersheds and more than 70% in 2 others.

Keywords: wildfire, soil erosion, geomorphology, debris flows, Schultz Fire


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Geomorphic aspects of post-fire soil erosion - Schultz Fire 2010
Electronic Publish Date: September 14, 2012
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