Catastrophic wildfire bakes ground, water not absorbed

Editor’s note:  This report, by Tom Fry, published Feb. 8th at the USDA Blog, begins thus:  “As we get ready for the 2016 wildfire season, a recent report from the American Forest Foundation (AFF) looks at one of the most important, but often overlooked, issues related to forest health: the relationship between water supply and the risk of fire to our forests.”  The article offers yet another reason catastrophic wildfire is no gift to nature.  If, that is, we needed another one.

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One Response to Catastrophic wildfire bakes ground, water not absorbed

  1. 2ndLaw says:

    The problem of water repellent soil after fire is vastly overblown. It is a very localized problem. It’s also a natural phenomena that has always occurred so wildlife evolved with the effects. The bigger problems are post-fire logging, road building, and replanting. These are not natural processes and they interfere with natural recovery of forests after fire.

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