Jaroso BAER Assessment Update - July 11, 2013
Incident: Jaroso Post-Fire Response Burned Area Emergency Response
Jaroso BAER Assessment Update – July 11, 2013
PECOS, NM (July 11, 2013) – For the past few days, the Jaroso burn scar has experienced some rain events. On Wednesday, July 10 at noon, Lynn Bjorklund, Forest Service Recreation and Wilderness Program Manager for the Espanola Ranger Station, shared these observations for Rio Frijoles and Rio Medio at their junction at the State Highway 503 road:
Rio Medio flowed about a foot higher than normal after the rain event on July 9.
Rio Frijoles did not show as much increased flow after the rain event, but ran more black for the afternoon than the Rio Medio.
Rio Medio on July 10 was back to near normal flows, but was still a little more silty than normal.
Rio Frijoles looked more silty than the Rio Medio on July 10.
Both rivers looked more brown with silt on July 10 rather than black with ash.
“I checked the conditon of the Rio Frijoles and Rio Medio where they meet at the crossing of road 503. I talked with a local man who lived in the area, who said that the Rio Frijoes ran rather black right after the rain yesterday (Tuesday, July 9), but today (July 10), not looking as bad. The river looked more brown than black today. The local man said that even though it doesn’t look too bad today, he can see the difference in the water quality compared to “normal.” He expressed surprise that we thought the Rio Medio would be more of a problem than the Rio Frijoles. The Rio Frijoles appeared to show more silt and ash, but the Rio Medio ran about a foot higher than “normal”. You could see the high water line from yesterday over the pushed down grass. Another thunderstorm was building in the mountains as I took these following pictures”: (SEE ATTACHED PDF DOCUMENT TO THE UPPER RIGHT THAT CONTAINS THE PHOTOS.)
Additional observations and photos from Daniel Mondragon, Forestry Technician for the Santa Fe National Forest, at the Espanola Ranger Station, taken at 3:00pm, on Wednesday, July 10:
Not much noticeable change from 12:00pm on July 10, but the Rio Medio is running a little higher and both rivers, especially the Rio Frijoles, have more silt and ash.
(SEE ATTACHED PDF DOCUMENT TO THE UPPER RIGHT THAT CONTAINS THE PHOTOS.)
It is expected that more ash and muddy flows will occur as high severity burn areas in the upper areas of the Pecos River and the Rio Medio and Rio Frijoles drainages receive heavy rain showers. Residents living adjacent to and downstream of burned areas need to monitor weather reports and public safety bulletins, and be aware of current weather conditions and forecasts.
SPECIAL NOTE: Everyone near and downstream from the fire area should remain alert and stay updated on weather conditions that may result in heavy rains over the burn scar. Flash flooding may occur quickly during heavy rain events. Current weather and emergency notifications can be found at the National Weather Service, Albuquerque Office (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/) website.