Land Rehabilitation, Stabilization and Watershed Protection
Land damaged by high intensity fires cannot retain rainfall and runoff as unburned vegetated areas do, leading to surface water runoff and debris flows that would not occur during normal rain events in areas where trees and ground cover are present.
In heavily scarred forested areas, federally and state-funded seeding and aerial mulching treatments aimed at preventing soil erosion, decreasing flooding impacts, and preventing weed invasions as a result of the wildfire may be implemented to help restore natural grasses and help prevent further erosion.
More About Land Rehabilitation
After the Fourmile Canyon Fire, an environmental assessment was done to determine post-wildfire threats to soils, vegetation, hydrologic functions such as debris flow in drainages and slopes, trees, transportation infrastructure, abandoned mines, cultural resources, and wildlife.
The analysis determined that an increased threat of flooding and debris flows to homes and infrastructure exists, particularly along the Gold Run Creek and Fourmile Creek watersheds.
It also provides recommendations for treatments that will reduce these risks or threats. See Fourmile Fire Maps of burn area damage and recommended treatments.