The wildlands of Irvine, California are home to a variety of soils, ranging from clay loam to sandy loam. These soils have an average K-factor value and are classified as “moderately fine”. These soils are characterized by moderate to high erodibility, meaning that particles are easily detached and the soil surface is prone to crust formation. This reduces infiltration and increases the potential for land flow.
In post-fire analysis, the inclusion of the area affected by the fire within the boundaries of the settlement has resulted in greater average annual land loss.