Soil Erosion Control after Wildfire
Oct 11, 2017 at 3:00pm
R. Moench and J. Fusaro, Colorado State University Extension
The potential for severe soil erosion is a consequence of wildfire because as a fire burns it destroys plant material and the litter layer, but there are several steps to take to reduce the amount of soil erosion.
A landowner, using common household tools and materials, can accomplish most of these methods in the aftermath of a wildfire.
The most immediate consequence of fire is the potential for soil erosion. Intense heat from fire can make the soil repel water, a condition called hydrophobicity. Landowners should take quick action to minimize erosion once it’s safe to return to the property: fell damaged trees to slow water runoff after rainfall; create check dams in drainages using straw bales; spread straw to protect the soil and reseeding efforts; and use water bars to reduce soil erosion on roads.
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