Doce Post-Fire Responcse and Flash Flooding Alert
Incident: Doce Fire Wildfire
Doce Post-Fire Response
Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Assessment Update – July 12, 2013
The Prescott National Forest BAER team has completed its initial assessment of the impacts of the recent Doce wildfire that burned 6,767 acres of the Prescott National Forest, mostly in the Granite Mountain Wilderness. The assessment identified areas of severe burn and potential risks to forest resources and to human safety and property.
Initial treatments include applying seeds and mulch to areas of severe burn to reduce risks to soils, hydrologic function, and forest resources.
Those who live downstream from burned areas should be aware that the potential for flooding and debris flows increases dramatically after a fire. Even after prescribed emergency actions are implemented to minimize the postfire risks, the burned area still poses a risk from potential flooding and debris flows.
It is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their property from flooding and mudflows. Residents living near or around a recently burned area should:
Monitor local weather reports and public safety bulletins, local road closures, emergency notifications, weather alerts, and follow local, county, and city advisories.
Use a Weather Radio—http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/allhazard.htm, or smart phone weather app— AccuWeather, Weather Channel or WeatherBug. All apps are free and available on both Android and iOS platforms.
Prepare to evacuate if emergency authorities determine that flooding and mudflows are expected.
If you are out hiking in a dry wash or arroyo, at the first sign of a storm, seek higher ground. Even if it’s not right over you, the storm may be up-stream from your location.
The National Weather Service is repeatedly issuing flash flood warnings for Mint Wash, Skull Valley Wash, Woolsey, and Tonto Washes which are in the vicinity of the Doce Fire burn area. The forecast for the foreseeable future calls for thunderstorms. Residents in these areas should monitor the National Weather Service (weather radio or Web sources http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz/), and/or local news media outlets for flash flood warnings due to increased risk of flooding in streams and washed below the Doce Fire burn area. Additional flood information is available from the Yavapai County Flood Control District (http://www.ycflood.com/)