Water quality impacts of wildland fires
Document Type: Journal
Author(s): Aregai Tecle ; Daniel G. Neary
Publication Year: 2018

Cataloging Information

  • Arizona
  • flooding
  • peak flow
  • water quality
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Record Last Modified: May 31, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 57496


In the arid and semiarid Southwestern United States, the forest understory vegetation (mostly grasses, forbs, and shrubs) is dry and susceptible to wildland fires. Fire in the form of prescribed burning is often used to protect these areas from wildfire. However, wildland fire suppression has resulted in dense forest fuels in many watersheds. Such fuel buildups, along with frequently recurring drought and widespread insect infestations, have made forest systems susceptible to catastrophic fires that scorch many of the Nation’s forests, rangelands, parklands, and private properties (Safford and others 2008; Lutz and others 2009; Stein and others 2013).

Online Link(s):
Tecle, Aregai; Neary, Daniel G. 2018. Water quality impacts of wildland fires. Fire Management Today 76(1):9-15.