Conversely, once the fire has reached the top of a hill, it must struggle to come back down because it is not able to preheat the downhill fuel as well as the uphill. Clark says that fires travelling slower uphill are an exception to the rule, but it does happen.
Winds can work against a fire that is trying to move up a slope. Then it went uphill. In addition to the damage that fires cause as they burn, they can also leave behind disastrous problems, the effects of which might not be felt for months after the fire burns out.
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When fires destroy all the vegetation on a hill or mountain, it can also weaken the organic material in the soil and prevent water from penetrating the soil. One problem that results from this is extremely dangerous erosion that can lead to debris flows. An example of this occurred following a July wildfire that burned about 2, acres of forest and underbrush on the steep slopes of Storm King Mountain, near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Two months after the fire, heavy rains caused debris flows that poured tons of mud, rock and other debris onto a 3-mile stretch of Interstate 70, according to United States Geological Survey.
These debris flows engulfed 30 cars and swept two into the Colorado River.
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While we often look at wildfires as being destructive, many wildfires are actually beneficial. Times News Platforms. Real Estate. Facebook Twitter Show more sharing options Share Close extra sharing options. A fire burning in San Bernardino County is threatening structures. More fire coverage. Wildfires are costing the state more and that raises big equity issues, Stanford expert says.
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Fire weather is returning to broad swaths of Northern California as Southern California is expecting its first winter storm of the season. How long will it rain? The California Legislature held a public hearing to scrutinize public safety power shutoffs after millions of residents lost power to prevent wildfires. California Fires.
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