Watch for flash flooding in fire-burned areas

BOISE -- Flash flooding can be especially destructive in areas that have been touched by wildfire.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for many Idaho mountain areas, and after last year's wildfire season, the land in many places is still healing from fire.

Many Idahoans like to be active in the foothills and mountains during the summer months.

But this week you are going to want to watch out for flooding. Wildfires have removed the vegetation from slopes and hillsides, making it hard for the rain to be absorbed.

Paul Marusich with the Ada County Office of Emergency Management says the rainwater makes the soil turn to a sort of cement-type condition.

"It becomes this hard-packed sheer material that nothing will penetrate, no rain will come through and so the rain will just sheet, and that will increase the flooding, that is one of the things can occur after a fire," said Marusich.

Not only does the area flood, but it can also cause mudslides, which in some cases can take out homes and other structures.

It's important to stress that if you are out and about in the mountains, you want to be aware of your surroundings.

If the slope above you does not have any vegetation and you know rain is coming – get to higher ground.


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment