Effects of Wildfire on the Hydrology of Frijoles and Capulin Canyons in and near Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Fact Sheet 141-02
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Abstract

In June 1977, the La Mesa wildfire burned 15,270 acres in and near Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument (BNM) and the adjacent Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico. In April 1996, the Dome wildfire in BNM burned 16,516 acres in and near Capulin Canyon and the surrounding Dome Wilderness area. Both Frijoles and Capulin Canyon watersheds are characterized by archeological artifacts that could be affected by increased runoff and accelerated rates of erosion, which typically occur after a fire. In response to this concern, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the National Park Service, conducted a study to monitor and document the wildfire effects on streamflow after the 1996 Dome fire.

Suggested Citation

Veenhuis, J.E., and Bowman, P.R., 2002, Effects of wildfire on the hydrology of Frijoles and Capulin canyons in and near Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 141–02, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs14102.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Effects of wildfire on the hydrology of Frijoles and Capulin canyons in and near Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 141-02
DOI 10.3133/fs14102
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) New Mexico Water Science Center
Description 4 p.