How are the aftereffects of wildfire managed?
Wildfires cause flooding, increasing sediment movement.
LANL is located in high-desert region where the potential for wildfires is high. To protect the public and the environment from catastrophic wildfires, LANL regularly thins trees and clears underbrush. Santa Fe National Forest and Bandelier National Park also perform these fire protective measures as well as prescribed burns to reduce the severity of wildfires.
Sediment control measures are inspected and augmented to ensure their effectiveness after wildfires.
Fires are a necessary part of managing a healthy forest.
Provided they happen often, fires keep forests healthy. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, forests around LANL burned every 10-15 years.