Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

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Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

Ash-covered ground won’t hold moisture, sending torrents of water and debris downstream
Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County’s Office of Emergency Management, stands Friday on County Road 201, where the 416 Fire burned both sides of the Hermosa Creek drainage. The charred landscape won’t hold moisture, which could lead to flash floods and debris flows.
The 416 Fire blackened both sides of the Hermosa Creek drainage near county roads 201 and 202. Burn areas such as these increase the possibility of flooding and debris flows during significant rain events, such as the storm forecast for this weekend.
The 416 Fire consumed everything in its path in some areas. Hillsides like these won’t hold water after the first rainstorms come, which could lead to significant flooding and debris flows.

Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County’s Office of Emergency Management, stands Friday on County Road 201, where the 416 Fire burned both sides of the Hermosa Creek drainage. The charred landscape won’t hold moisture, which could lead to flash floods and debris flows.
The 416 Fire blackened both sides of the Hermosa Creek drainage near county roads 201 and 202. Burn areas such as these increase the possibility of flooding and debris flows during significant rain events, such as the storm forecast for this weekend.
The 416 Fire consumed everything in its path in some areas. Hillsides like these won’t hold water after the first rainstorms come, which could lead to significant flooding and debris flows.

Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

The 416 Fire torched trees and underbrush on both sides of the Hermosa Creek drainage. It also cooks the soil, stripping it of its ability to absorb rainfall, which can lead to flooding downstream.

Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

The 416 Fire consumed everything in its path in some areas north of Durango. The barren landscape covered in ash increases the chances for flash flooding during significant rain events, including the storm expected to arrive Saturday.

Weekend storms pose flood threat below 416 Fire burn areas

Houses that sit below burnt hillsides are susceptible to flooding and debris flows. This home sits above a drainage, which may keep it safe.
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