USGS Response to Ute Park Fire
The New Mexico Water Science center has proactively installed three rain gages at two existing streamgages and one reservoir gage within and surrounding the Ute Park Fire burn area. The data will provide local, state, and federal entities as well as area residents with near real time information of precipitation in the area.
Access to the data can be found here:
USGS 07207000 CIMARRON RIVER NEAR CIMARRON, NM
USGS 07207500 PONIL CREEK NEAR CIMARRON, NM
USGS 07205500 EAGLE NEST LAKE NR EAGLE NEST, NM
Wildfire can significantly alter the hydrologic response of a watershed to the extent that even modest rainstorms can produce dangerous flash floods and debris flows. The Buzzard fire (over 49,000 acres) in southwest New Mexico and Ute fire (37,740 acres) in northern New Mexico may be almost contained, but the risk of hazards associated with the fires will continue for several more seasons.
The USGS conducts post-fire debris-flow hazard assessments for select fires in the Western U.S. The USGS Landslide Hazard Program uses geospatial data related to basin morphometry, burn severity, soil properties, and rainfall characteristics to estimate the probability and volume of debris flows that may occur in response to a design storm. The USGS Landslide Hazard Program has provided post-wildfire debris-flow hazard assessment maps for both fires online for public use and information. For more information and to see debris-flow hazard maps for other Western wildfires go to:
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