Santa Fe National Forest Under Flash Flood Warning

SFNF News:

  • Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the Cerro Pelado burned area

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the Cerro Pelado burned area within the Santa Fe National Forest. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks, streams and ditches in the burned area.

Other counties within the SFNF are under weather advisories including a Flood Watch for San Miguel County.

“Our first priority is always the safety of our employees, the public and our communities,” Forest Supervisor Shaun Sanchez said.

With abundant moisture for this time of year, residents should monitor current and forecast weather for flash flood warnings due to the increased risk of flooding in streams, creeks, and washes within and around burned areas. The potential for flooding, rockslides and debris flows increases dramatically after a fire, especially downstream from burned areas.

Even after emergency actions are implemented to minimize the postfire risks, the burned area is still at risk for potential flooding and debris flows. For current road conditions visit and for current weather conditions visit –

It is especially important this time of year to be prepared for all possibilities, and – most importantly – make it home safely at the end of the day.

Stay safe from floods by following these tips:

  • Know your area’s flood risks and weather hazard bulletins by visiting or your local news stations.
  • Stay alert for signs of heavy rain with thunder and lightning where you are and upstream. Watch for rising water levels.
  • Get to higher ground before flooding happens.
  • It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into floodwaters. Turn Around Don’t Drown®
  • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast.
  • Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
  • Do not try to swim to safety; wait for rescuers to come to you.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize and respond to danger. During threatening conditions, do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and rivers.

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