Extreme post-wildfire flooding in the Colorado Front Range
In 2012, the High Park Fire near Fort Collins, Colorado burned ~353 km2 and destroyed 259 structures. After the fire, the ungaged 15.5 km2 Skin Gulch watershed experienced two geomorphically effective floods. Here, we investigate connections among storm characteristics, flood response, and geomorphic change by characterizing the hydrometeorology, peak flood discharge, and channel changes for these two extreme events. Our specific objectives were to: 1) to quantify spatial patterns of total rainfall and maximum 15-minute intensity for each storm by using local rain gages and Doppler radar; 2) to ...
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