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Post-Fire Hydrology: Estimating Watershed Impacts & Planning for Recovery


After a fire, the hydrology changes in the watershed and the resulting damage can be severe. From road washout, to flooding, to residential hillside erosion, being able to quickly assess your hydrologic changes, model the resulting runoff rates, and estimate recovery is essential.

Join Ian Paton and Andrew Earles for the second session in our Fire & Rain: Post-Fire Erosion Control Master Class exploring the post-fire hydrologic impacts, as well as: how to model and estimate potential runoff rate impacts; conduct a post-fire hazard assessment; and how you can plan for recovery at your watershed.

In this webcast, we’ll start with a look at the various factors that affect runoff rates after fires (e.g., topography, burn severity, etc.), exploring their elements, commonality, and results on runoff rates. Paton and Earles will then dive into how much runoff rates increase after a fire, and how you can model and predict these for your post-fire sites. We’ll then take a look at post-fire watershed recovery. Paton and Earles will outline the factors that affect post-fire watershed recovery and cover the range of expected recovery periods. Finally, we’ll take a look at how you can assess, model, and predict the recovery for your watershed post-fire event, as well as estimate the environmental and safety impacts.

Learning Objectives
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Understand how watershed topography and burn severity affect post-fire runoff rates
  • Learn how to model post-fire runoff and watershed impacts
  • Understand how to identify, assess, and plan for watershed hydrologic recovery post-fire
  • Learn to conduct a post-fire hazard assessment, identify potential changes in the watershed, and estimate environmental impacts and post-fire runoff

Fire & Rain: Post-Fire Erosion Control Master Class Series

This is the second session in our 5-session Post-Fire Erosion Control Master Class Series which covers remediation funding; hydraulic changes in watersheds; identifying hazards and impacts; selecting post-fire BMPs; and implementing and mitigating as-builts and accountability. This master class also saves you 20%! Click here if you’d like to attend the full 5-session series instead.


* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.

On-Demand Webcast
Session: 1 H 30 M
Lectures: 1
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU



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