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Why Do Floods Occur After Forest Fires?

Asked on Dec 12, 2010Improve / edit this question

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Brandy Courtade   L2: Contributor   21 answers   +18 votes
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Actually, I just wrote an article on this waiting to be approved. Flash floods are the floods that occur after forest fires. In short, it is because ground fires burn the organic matter in soil and make the soil significantly less absorbant. Additionally, flash floods and forest fires both commonly occur in moist, warm enivornments. These types of environments often receive rain. But if there is a dry spell, forest fires are common, and the resulting nutrient-depleted soil will quickly become saturated by rain and begin to flood. My article gives more details on the subject, and hopefully it is published soon.

Posted on Dec 13, 2010
dakshina banumathy   L2: Contributor   7 answers   +6 votes
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Forest fires cause acid rain because with the pollution of carbon dioxide from the fire combined with the moisture in the atmosphere it is able to form carbonic acid. Which is acid rain

Posted on Dec 14, 2010
A. Cardott   L3: Expert   43 answers   +13 votes
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I've written an article in response to this question:

Why Floods Follow Wildfires

Wildfires burn the plants that constitute the levels of forest and the natural covering of hills, which causes the ground to store less water and allow for flooding and erosion. — continue reading...

Posted on Dec 14, 2010
Brandy Courtade   L2: Contributor   21 answers   +18 votes
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I've written an article in response to this question:

When a Flash Flood Is Likely to Occur After A Forest Fire

The effects and climate of forest fires. Why these could cause flash floods. — continue reading...

Posted on Dec 14, 2010

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