Articles | Volume 22, issue 2
Research article
13 Feb 2018
Research article |  | 13 Feb 2018

Characterization and evaluation of controls on post-fire streamflow response across western US watersheds

Samuel Saxe, Terri S. Hogue, and Lauren Hay

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We investigate the impact of wildfire on watershed flow regimes, examining responses across the western United States. On a national scale, our results confirm the work of prior studies: that low, high, and peak flows typically increase following a wildfire. Regionally, results are more variable and sometimes contradictory. Our results may be significant in justifying the calibration of watershed models and in contributing to the overall observational analysis of post-fire streamflow response.