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How Often Do Rainstorms Cause Debris Flows in Burned Areas of the Southwestern U.S.?

February 17, 2021

In the SW U.S., wildfires and intense rainfall are both common occurrences. In burned areas, short bursts of heavy rain over steep terrain can produce debris flows more so than in unburned areas due to changes in ground surface. How often do these events tend to occur?

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