USGS Debris Flow Study
Debris Flow Potential Mapping with the US Geologic Survey
The West Fork Complex fire denuded hill slopes of vegetation and changed soil propertys that affect watershed hydrology and sediment-transport processes, thus increasing the probablility and magnitude of flood and debris flows. In a partnership with the US Geologic Survey Colorado Water Science Center, RWEACT will perform an emergency assessment for the potential of debris flows following different rainfall scenarios. The study objective is to estimate the location, probability, and volume of post-wildfire debris flow in the West Fork Complex fire burn area and adjacent properties. This will provide emergency responders, resource managers, and planners with critical information on the likely locations, estimated probability, and estimated volumn of debris flows.
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