Fact Sheet 2007–3036
Following a wildfire, such as the 2002 Missionary Ridge fire, a number of hydrologic hazards may develop that can have an important impact on water resources, businesses, homes, reservoirs, roads, and utilities in the wildland urban interface (areas where homes and commercial developments are interspersed with wildlands) in mountainous areas of the Western United States. This fact sheet describes these hazards and identifies approaches to quantify them, thus enabling land and resource managers to plan for and mitigate the effects of these hazards. The fact sheet has been produced in association with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Fire Science Thrust program and the Colorado Front Range Demonstration Project (CFRDP). The current (2007) focus of the CFRDP is on the Three Lakes watershed in Grand County, Colorado, which has applicability to many similar forested, mountain areas in the Western United States.
Posted January 2008
Stevens, M.R., Bossong, C.R., Rupert, M.G., Ranalli, A.J., Cassidy, E.W., and Druliner, A.D., 2008, Post-wildfire hydrologic hazards in the wildland urban interface of Colorado and the Western United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2007–3036, 6 p.