Flood After Fire

Many areas in the western states are at an increased flood risk due to flood after fire. After a wildfire, the charred ground where vegetation has burned away cannot easily absorb rainwater, increasing the risk of flooding and mudflows over a number of years. Wildfire-affected areas include states such as Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Properties directly affected by fires and those located below or downstream of burn areas are most at risk.
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