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Post-wildfire debris flow and rainfall data, Whitewater-Baldy complex fire, southwestern New Mexico


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Tillery, A.C., Rengers, F.K., and Mitchell, A.C., 2019, Post-wildfire debris flow and rainfall data, Whitewater-Baldy complex fire, southwestern New Mexico, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


During the spring and early summer of 2012, approximately 1,200 square kilometers of Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico, including the upper portions of the Whitewater Creek watershed, were burned by the Whitewater-Baldy Complex Fire. The following September 12-17, 2013, a near-record, one-week long storm event produced widespread, historic rainfall amounts throughout the southwest U.S. in four distinct pulses. Data published here include GIS shapefiles of documented erosional features associated with the September 2013 storms and associated rainfall data. Data files are numbered 1-9. Shapefiles provided in this data release include: 1) polygon of the study area; 2) point locations of 688 debris-flow initiations; 3) [...]


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In response to the exceptional rainstorm on September 14, 2013, with a 30-minute rainfall intensity equivalent to a 1,000-year recurrence-interval storm, that occurred near and within the 2012 Whitewater-Baldy burn scar and triggered wide-scale erosion, the USGS, in cooperation with New Mexico Department of Transportation and US Forest Service, conducted a study to quantify the extent of the event and to better understand the factors that contributed to the severe and destructive landscape response. Data presented here were collected in support of that study.
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DOI doi:10.5066/P90C629B

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