Students learn about fire effects on landscape, flooding, and sediment
Las Vegas, NV -- Dr. Ian Floyd, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center, describes the characteristics and effects of the 2013 Carpenter One fire in the Spring Mountains, Nevada on the landscape, flooding, and sediment at the first USACE Certified Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Wildfire Workshop held April 24-27, 2023. The setting is within the Rainbow Canyon berm and diversion channel designed by USACE Los Angeles District in cooperation with the United States Forest Service to protect nearby residents from repeated debris flows immediately following the fire. The Institute for Water Resources’(IWR) Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC), located in Davis, CA, was named the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Innovation of the Year Award for adding Post-Wildfire Modeling capabilities to its software. These software capabilities provide prediction tools that engineers can use to anticipate a unique type of flooding that can follow a combination of fire and floods.