After the Wildfire - Hydrologic and Water Quality Effects of Wildfire

This webinar will present information on the hydrologic and sediment transport effects of wildfires. The presenters will draw on experiences with post fire hydrology from wildfires including the Cerro Grande Wildfire that caused heightened flood risk for a nuclear facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and the Missionary Ridge, Fourmile, Black Forest, and Waldo Canyon Wildfires in Colorado. The webinar will present the science behind hydrologic changes from wildfire and will provide examples of tools and methods that can be used to quantify changes to peak discharges, runoff volume, and sediment yield in a risk-based context.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will learn how wildfire affects hydrologic properties of watersheds and why there is
a severe risk of flooding following wildfire.
2. Participants will learn about typical ways to quantify changes in hydrology following wildfire.
3. Participants will learn about different types of measures to mitigate flood risk following wildfire,
ranging from public outreach to explain risk to watershed-based treatments.

Course Level: All

Last Updated: May 16, 2018


The International Erosion Control Association has met the standards and requirements of the Registered Continuing Education Program. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to RCEP. Certificates of completion will be issued to all participants. Complaints regarding registered providers may be addressed to RCEP at 1015 15th Street, NW, 8th Fl., Washington, DC, 20005. Website:

Dr. T. Andrew Earles, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE

Dr. Andrew Earles, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, CPESC is the Vice President of Water Resources with Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE) and a Member of IECA. Andrew is a licensed Professional Engineer in Colorado and several other states and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). Andrew has worked on sediment and erosion control projects since he began working for WWE in 1999 and has prepared more than a hundred stormwater management plans (SWMPs/SWPPPs) for construction activities. In addition to expertise in erosion and sediment control during construction, Andrew is well versed in stormwater quality and quantity management in the post-construction context and has worked with the Denver Urban Drainage & Flood Control District (UDFCD) to prepare some of the most comprehensive guidance and criteria in the US on this topic. Andrew earned his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Virginia, all in Civil Engineering.


After the Wildfire - Recorded Webinar
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After the Wildfire - Hydrologic and Water Quality Effects of Wildfire - Quiz
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