A closer look at recent rainfall in fire zones

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Monsoon 2022 started strong – with rain falling most days since it started on June 15.

Albuquerque more than doubled its yearly rainfall total in the last week, and it’s not just the metro getting rain.

In the northern mountains, near the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak burn scar, there was about two inches of rainfall. Nearby communities braced for flooding, but there is no major flooding to report so far.

Fire crews are continuing to help keep flood waters and debris from flowing into residential areas.

“We also have a rapid response group, and the intent behind those folks is to support with flooding,” said Cory Carson, operations section chief.

In the Ruidoso area, radar estimates put rainfall over the last week at two to three inches. Residents there were worried about flooding from the McBride Fire burn scar.

The good news is – for now – the weather has been cooperating and the rain has been a welcome sight.