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Sardinas Canyon Fire

Unit Information

Carson National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
208 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, NM 87571

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Phone: 575-758-6200

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT TODAY THROUGH 445PM

Sardinas Canyon Fire Wildfire
Announcements – 7/11/2018

Flood Advisory
National Weather Service Albuquerque NM
317 PM MDT
WED JUL 11 2018
The National Weather Service in Albuquerque has issued a

· Arroyo and Small Stream Flood Advisory for...
Southwestern Taos County in north central New Mexico...
Eastern Rio Arriba County in north central New Mexico...

· Until 445 PM MDT.

· At 315 PM MDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to several
slow-moving thunderstorms extending from near Rinconada along the
Rio Grande southwest of Taos to the Sardinas Canyon fire burn scar
southeast of Taos. The storms were generally drifting toward the
south or southeast at less than 10 mph. Rainfall totals up to 1
inch can be expected with isolated higher totals. This will cause
arroyo and small stream flooding in the advisory area.

· Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Penasco, Pilar, Dixon, Talpa, Rinconada, Rio Lucio, Llano,
Chamisal, Picuris Pueblo and Vadito.

This will impact the Sardinas Canyon wildfire burn scar including but
not limited to Forest Roads 1889, 442 and 76, Trail 422,
Rio La Junta and La Junta Canyon, Rito La Presa, La Cueva and
Sardinas Canyons, State Road 518 near Tres Ritos and Rio Pueblo.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Remain alert for flooding even in locations not receiving rain.
Arroyos, streams, and rivers can become raging killer currents in a
matter of minutes, even from distant rainfall.

Move away from recently burned areas. Life threatening flooding of
creeks, roads and normally dry arroyos is likely. The heavy rains
will likely trigger rockslides, mudslides and debris flows in steep
terrain, especially in and around these areas.