Design Criteria and Land - Use Practices: Is it Time to Consider Geo-Impacts of Wildfires?

by Jeffrey R. Keaton, P.E., Ph.D., (F.ASCE), Principal engineering geologist at Wood in Los Angeles, CA, and a past member of the GEER Steering Committee., jeff.keaton@woodplc.com,
Scott A. Anderson, D.GE, Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Principal geotechnical engineer with BGC Engineering, Inc., in Golden, CO, and a member of the GEER Steering Committee., scanderson@bgcengineering.com,
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Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2019, Vol. 23, Issue 3, Pg. 36-43


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Wildfires are extreme events with impacts that are notorious because of smartphone videos followed by news reports that feature sensational infrastructure damage and human suffering. The geo-impacts shown in these images are those triggered by post-wildfire precipitation and might include rocky debris on roads, eroded channel banks cutting into driving lanes, cars trapped in mud, and houses pushed off foundations.

Subject Headings: Land use | Wild fires | Imaging techniques | Disasters | Infrastructure | Human factors | Precipitation | Debris

 

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