The 2013 Beaver Creek wildfire burned more than 114,000 acres near the Blaine County communities of Sun Valley, Ketchum, and Hailey. Post-fire assessments revealed that the burn area will be susceptible to flash flooding and debris flows for the next five years.
Partnering with Blaine County, we installed a precipitation gage network to increase the amount of local weather information available in the areas with the highest risk. The National Weather Service will use USGS data, as necessary, to issue flood alerts.
In this report, USGS hydraulic engineer Molly Wood discusses streamflow statistics that were developed to preserve the unique characteristics of the Jarbidge Wild and Scenic River which is part of the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness.