Prescribed burning effects on infiltration rates in forest soils: a study site in coastal Northern California
AbstractInfiltration rates were measured with large diameter ring infiltrometers in both burned and unburned conditions in Pinus muricata D. Don stands north-west of Santa Rosa, California. Prescribed burning conditions of low fireline intensity (less than 60 kw/m) removed 51 to 121 mm of litter and duff. In the first site, the infiltration rates ranged from 1.17 to 1.34 * 10-4 m/s, and it seemed that no changes followed by the controlled burns of low fireline intensity and low fuel consumption. In the second site, infiltration rates were higher than 1.75 * 10-4 m/s for both control and burned conditions without being able to detect possible differences.
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