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Residents near burn scars warned of flash flooding

Plume of smoke from the Buzzard Fire Plume of smoke from the Buzzard Fire | 

Marian Camacho
June 14, 2018 10:43 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As crews work to put out fires in New Mexico and Colorado new concerns are arising. Officials warn, with heavy rain forecasted over the next few days, flash flooding is possible in burn areas. 

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The National Weather Service says since 1959, 74 people have died in flash floods in New Mexico with 87 others seriously injured. The NWS is telling residents to be alert and watch for rising water, go to higher ground immediately and don't drive on flooded roadways.

— NWS Albuquerque (@NWSAlbuquerque) June 14, 2018

The 416 Fire near Durango has burned more than 29,000 acres and is 15-percent contained.

The Buzzard Fire in the Gila National Forest has burned more than 44,000 acres and is 74-percent contained. 

The Ute Park Fire in northern New Mexico has burned more than 36,000 acres and is 95-percent contained.

The Soldier Canyon Fire near Mescalero has burned approximately 1,300 acres and is 90-percent contained.

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