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USGS Scientists Deploy to New Mexico Fire to Enhance Water Monitoring

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USGS Water and Fire Technicians team members, Jorge Gonzalez and Efren Alvarado, made repairs to the Buck Mountain precipitation gage during the Blue 2 Fire near Alto, New Mexico on June 7, 2024. This station, along with similar gages, provides critical real-time rainfall data to the National Weather Service and local emergency managers.

The newly formed USGS Water and Fire Technicians Team consists of water data specialists who have obtained the necessary training and qualifications of a wildland firefighter. This specialized training allows them to safely operate in active fire zones.


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