As the rainy season approaches, we want to remind area residents to begin preparing now for post-fire flooding in the Decker Fire burn area. Areas below the Decker Fire burn scar face risks to safety, homes, roads, trails, and water supplies from post-fire flash flooding. While projects are underway to assist landowners and others with recovery, there is significant work you can do now - before the rainy season is upon us.
Education and preparedness are the first line of defense.
Hillsides stripped by the fire of trees and other vegetation are unable to absorb rainfall which creates what we call a “bulking factor”. The bulking factor takes into consideration increased runoff due to reduced vegetation and the collection of debris (burned trees, soils, etc.). The bulking factor in post-fire conditions results in dangerous flash flooding even in drainages or draws that have historically been dry. Burned and unstable soils break apart easily even with modest amounts of precipitation and burned trees and debris can be swept down during a flash flood and cause severe injuries and threats to life and property. Educating and preparing yourself will go a long way to creating a safe and secure environment on your property.
By taking a few basic but vital steps you can prepare yourself for potential post-fire flooding. We ask you all to be safe, be prepared, and be informed. For more information, links, resources, and contacts to help you prepare for post-fire flooding please visit the rest of our website and Contact Us with questions.
REGISTER NOW FOR CHAFFEE COUNTY EMERGENCY ALERTS
PURCHASE FLOOD INSURANCE
REVIEW PREPAREDNESS & RECOVERY RESOURCES
POSTPONED: We stand with our community - locally and globally - to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus to help protect our most vulnerable community members. We are indefinitely postponing group projects and gatherings including this project until we have confirmation that it is safe to meet again.
Revegetation plays a crucial role in post-fire recovery. Vegetation helps hold burned soils in place, preventing channelization of flood flows and reduces the amount of sediment and debris that moves downstream in a flood event. Vegetation is key to long-term sustinability in post-fire conditions.
Join the Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative (ARWC) and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) for a day of seeding in the Upper Bear Creek Drainage. ARWC is seeking volunteers to help spread a native seed mix and mulch on private property that was burned in the Decker Fire.
Thank you to GARNA for gathering volunteers, to Western Native Seed for seed and Chaffee County for mulch for the projects. Recovery is a community-wide process, and we are grateful for our partners.
If you are interested in volunteering or donating funds to cover additional native and cover crop seed please email email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who attended and to presenters who were available to share critical fire recovery resources with those impacted by the Decker Fire. Learn more.