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New Research co-written by Daniel Swain: Climate change increases risk of devastating debris flows after wildfires in western U.S.

Disastrous debris flows after wildfires are becoming more likely as a result of climate change in the western United States. Extreme precipitation circumstances are expected to become more common, according to a study co-authored by UCLA’s Daniel Swain.

“If we know to anticipate a widespread increase in these events, we can prepare for them and anticipate where they will occur,” Swain said, noting that wildfires have to precede the extreme rainfall for debris flows, mudslides and landslides to occur.