From fire to water: Here's how burn scars can result in areas of flash flooding
June 15, 2018 06:35 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Despite the state's general lack of rain in recent months, many burn scars throughout New Mexico are extremely susceptible to dangerous flash floods.
Burn scars are areas of scorched earth which make it very hard for soil to absorb any rain, making the potential for flash flooding a huge concern. A launch pad of sorts can be created on top of that steep terrain, allowing floodwater to flow downhill.
The steeper the grade, the quicker the flash flood can form.
On its way down, the water will sweep up anything in its path, creating debris flows which can contain ash, silt, soil, rocks and even burned trees.
Going into the weekend, several burn scars are under high threat for potential flooding, including from the Ute Park, Buzzard, Diener Canyon, Bluewater, Bonita, Cajete and Dog Head fires.
Updated: June 15, 2018 06:35 PM
Created: June 15, 2018 04:06 PM
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