Originator: Amy E. East
Originator: Jessica L. Williamson
Rain measurements in and near the CZU Lightning Complex Fire area, Santa Cruz Mountains, California, 2021 to 2022
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Series_Name: data release
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, California
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Rainfall measurements were collected in and near the CZU Lightning Complex Fire (hereafter, "CZU Fire") burn area, Santa Cruz Mountains, California. The CZU Fire ignited in the Santa Cruz Mountains, California, on August 16, 2020. By the time of full containment on September 22, 2020, the fire had burned 350 km2 (86,510 acres) in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) installed four rain gages in and near the CZU Fire burn area to measure rainfall during two post-fire wet seasons. The USGS gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the Big Creek Lumber Co., the McCrary family, and Brookdale Lodge in the collection of these data. This data release contains rain records from the Big Basin, Berry Creek, Brookdale, and Green Valley locations, measured over the second wet season after the CZU Fire. These four rain gages were removed on May 31, 2022.
Direct measurements of rain amount, duration, and intensity such as these can be used to evaluate causes of post-fire landscape change and to help refine post-fire debris-flow thresholds.
Additional information about the field activity from which these data were derived is available online at:
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Ground condition at time data were collected (time reported in Universal Time Coordinated [UTC]).
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: precipitation (atmospheric)
Theme_Keyword: fire damage
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: Marine Realms Information Bank (MRIB) keywords
Theme_Keyword: precipitation measurements
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: U.S. Geological Survey
Theme_Keyword: Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program
Theme_Keyword: Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Metadata Identifier
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
Place_Keyword: State of California
Place_Keyword: Santa Cruz County
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U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
Contact_Person: PCMSC Science Data Coordinator
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 2885 Mission Street
City: Santa Cruz
Data_Set_Credit: Data collection was funded by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Photograph of USGS rain gage deployed in Big Basin State Park near the former location of the State Park headquarters, which burned in the CZU Lightning Complex Fire.