NWS: Flash flood warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area

National Weather Service

Flash Flood Warning
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
640 AM MDT Thu Aug 19 2021

Map of flash flood warning area

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for the Pine Gulch Fire burn area in southwestern Garfield County in west central Colorado and north central Mesa County in west central Colorado.

* Until 930 AM MDT.

* At 640 AM MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms and rain showers producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire burn area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flow moving through the Pine Gulch burn area. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.

HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms in and around the Pine Gulch Fire burn area.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Flooding of areas in and around the Pine Gulch Fire burn area.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include mainly rural areas of southwestern Garfield and north central Mesa counties.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

This is a life threatening situation. Heavy rainfall will cause extensive and severe flash flooding of creeks…streams…and ditches in the Pine Gulch Fire burn area. Severe debris flows can also be anticipated across roads. Roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If you encounter flood waters…climb to safety.

Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

NWS: Flash flood warning for Pine Gulch Fire burn area