Wildfire Containment Increases, but Rains Continue to Pose Threats in the Land of Enchantment

Daniella Cressman

The fires have wreaked havoc many parts of our state.

Now, they are largely contained, but the potential of heavy rainfall still poses threats of flooding.

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"Cornwell and other fire management officials assigned to the blaze, now 78 percent contained, provided positive news for communities affected by the state’s largest wildfire and the threat of a devastating aftermath — but warned their luck might not hold out much longer. There has been significant debris flow in burned-out flood plains, despite recent downpours." —The New Mexican

A flood watch is in effect from 2 p.m. on Saturday to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

"Meteorologist Chris Foltz said 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall on the burn area between Saturday and Monday, and a flood watch in effect from 2 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday could become a higher-level warning — and time to take action — at any moment." —The New Mexican

The rainfall has been a welcome respite from the intense fires—and intense heat!—for many, but Foltz warns that people should proceed with an abundance of caution right now, especially if they are living in Mora County or San Miguel County.

Foltz also warned that intensely heavy rains are expected overnight on Saturday, June 25, 2022: he advised residents that, if an evacuation order were to be issued, they would need to leave immediately.

It's easy to start getting comfortable again after all of the chaos of the fire season, but it's important for folks to keep their guards up in the event of flooding: there is a very strong possibility that it will occur.

According to Sheriff Chris Lopez, "the possibility of severe flooding will last for another couple of months and then linger for years ahead."

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