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Early effects of forest fire on streamflow characteristics.Author(s): H.W. Berndt
Source: Res. Note PNW-RN-148. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 11 p
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionA comparison of streamflow records from three small mountain streams in north-central Washington before, during, and after a severe forest fire showed three immediate effects of destructive burning. These were:
1. Flow rate was greatly reduced while the fire was actively burning.
2. Destruction of vegetation in the riparian zone reduced diurnal oscillation of flow rates.
Flow rates quickly increased to points above protracted normal depletion rates but to varying degrees.
No drastic immediate change in stream temperatures was noted.
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CitationBerndt, H.W. 1971. Early effects of forest fire on streamflow characteristics. Res. Note PNW-RN-148. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 11 p
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