Structures & Civil Engineering

Wildfire Damage Assessment

Geography and climate make semi-arid regions of the world highly susceptible to wildfire, including many areas of the western United States.  Cyclical drought, abundance of flammable vegetation, offshore winds, low humidity, and high temperatures combine to support and propagate the spread of wildfires.  Wildfires destroy trees and vegetation and can change both the physical and chemical properties of soil. As a result of these changes, rain events over burned areas can result in extreme runoff, significant debris production, and elevated erosion.  Populated areas within and downslope of burned areas are frequently exposed to extreme flood hazards that can imperil life and cause damage to property. 

As a result of a wildfire, clients seek advice to identify post-fire flood, debris flow, and erosion hazards; develop post-fire damage mitigation plans; and prepare strategies for repairing damages. Our engineers are well versed in post-fire hydrology and post-fire watershed recovery.  We excel at working with property owners and communities to prepare measures to mitigate post-fire hazards.  We have extensive experience tailoring plans to address the specific hazards that property owners face, including those in suburban, rural, and agricultural settings.

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