NWS: Flash flood warning issued for Pine Gulch burn area

National Weather Service

Sept. 28, 2021, 4:03 p.m.: 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, North Central Mesa County in west central Colorado, until 6 p.m.

At 4:03 p.m. MDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain over the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Up to 0.5 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 0.2 to 0.5 inches in 30 minutes. Additional rainfall amounts of 0.5 to 1 inch are possible in the warned 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: Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms producing flash flooding in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area.

SOURCE: Radar.

IMPACT: Life threatening flash flooding of areas in and around the Pine Gulch Fire Burn Area. Some locations that will experience flash flooding include De Beque.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: 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.

Please report observed flooding to local emergency services or law enforcement and request they pass this information to the National Weather Service when you can do so safely.

NWS: Flash flood warning issued for Pine Gulch burn area