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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy

Soil Erosion Control after Wildfire

Author: 
DeGomez, Tom
Publication Date: 
December 2011
Publication Number: 
AZ1293-2011
Pages: 
6 pp.
Abstract or Description: 
The potential for severe soil erosion exists after a wildfire because as a fire burns it destroys plant material and the litter layer. Shrubs, forbs, grasses, trees, and the litter layer break up the intensity of severe rainstorms. Plant roots stabilize the soil, and stems and leaves slow the water to give it time to percolate into the soil profile. Fire can destroy this soil protection. 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. More specific information on how to implement the soil erosion control techniques that follow can be found by accessing the electronic links found in the NRCS Fire Recovery Tips section at the end of this document.
Revised 12/2011. Originally published: 2002.
Language: 
English
Publisher: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Contributor: 
Natural Resources & the Environment, School of
Relation: 
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZ1293
Keyword: 
soil erosion
soil
wildfire
fire
forest
trees
Firewise
Type: 
Text
Pamphlet
Subject Category: 
Natural Resources and Environment
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