Stream health and stability is dependent on the health of its contributing watershed, including its upland and forested areas. Burn areas resultant of wildfires in the headwaters of streams in Colorado can significantly alter the amount of both water and sediment flowing into local streams. Not only can wildfires cause water quality issues but they are likely to impact the health and stability of the stream and adjacent riparian areas. Flood risk may also increase in the years following a significant wildfire in the upstream watershed. As a landowner, it is critical to practice ongoing wildfire mitigation efforts to minimize the chance and potential impacts of a burn on your property. The Colorado State Forest Service provides a useful library of publications on management recommendations for both plains and forested areas within the state that is geared towards landowners.

Colorado State Forest Service Publications