Flooding Downstream of Burned Areas Precautions:
NOTE: It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mudflows.
Residents living near or around a recently burned area need to:
• Monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, follow local county and city advisories, and act accordingly.
• Use a “weather radio” or smart phone “weather apps” that monitors “all hazards” alerts issued by the NOAA-National Weather Service:http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/.
• Prepare for rainstorms by being prepared to evacuate if emergency authorities determine that flooding and mudflows are expected.
• Know and be alert to environmental signs of dangerous weather conditions and be prepared to take action that can save lives.
• Understand that all canyons within the central New Mexico area and those associated within the burned areas can produce flash flooding.
• Seek higher ground at first sign of a storm or flood, even if it’s not right over you, the storm may be up-stream from your location.
Thompson Ridge: 23,965 acres; 95 percent contained
Tres Lagunas: 10,219; 90 percent contained
Jaroso: 11,122; 0 percent contained
New Fire: Aragon Fire, Coyote Ranger District, 18 miles northeast of Gallina, west of upper Chama River, 25 acres: Type 1 crew, 2 engines, chase vehicle, helicopter available if needed.