Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:52 PM by Jason Laird - MTN News
BILLINGS - Last years fire season devastated the region, and has left us with long term effects, many of which are now just starting to show up. The National Weather Service is predicting above average flooding and landslides this year due to increased burn scar areas thought Montana.
After a fire has burned through an area, the chance of a flash flood with significant debris flow is extremely high! The reason for this is because of little to no vegetation to soak up any precipitation, and soil in burn scar areas is much less apt to soak up falling rain. This leaves us with a very high risk for flash floods and mud slides, even with as little as one third of an inch of rain. The potential for flash floods can remain in effect for as many as three years after a wildfire.
The National Weather Service plans on holding public discussions in highly affected areas over the next couple months. For more information on burn scars thought Montana click here.