I've talked a lot about the complex relationship between fire and water in our Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. Newly published research aims to quantify the amount of water "lost" to the atmosphere in forests where fire suppression has resulted in very dense vegetation. That loss happens through the process of evapotranspiration, where water is evaporated directed (for example from snow hanging in tree canopy) or transpired from growing trees and brush. In a more balanced ecosystem, a lot of this water would percolate into the ground to recharge our groundwater system or would trickle into creeks, streams, and rivers.
Take a look at the article linked below for some good photos that show different forest and fire conditions.
Hat tip and thanks to Raven Stevens for sharing this article.
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