Landslides after wildfire: initiation, magnitude, and mobility

  title={Landslides after wildfire: initiation, magnitude, and mobility},
  author={Francis K. Rengers and Luke A. McGuire and Nina S. Oakley and Jason W. Kean and Dennis M. Staley and Hui Tang},
  pages={2631 - 2641}
In the semiarid Southwestern USA, wildfires are commonly followed by runoff-generated debris flows because wildfires remove vegetation and ground cover, which reduces soil infiltration capacity and increases soil erodibility. At a study site in Southern California, we initially observed runoff-generated debris flows in the first year following fire. However, at the same site three years after the fire, the mass-wasting response to a long-duration rainstorm with high rainfall intensity peaks was… 
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